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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Forthcoming Research Seminars and Lectures

Dr Joe Saunders
Research Seminar Coordinator

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01st March 2018: Dr Jeremy Dunham (Durham) - Wiliam James on the Experience of Activity

(14 September 2017)

Weekly Research Seminar

This Weekly Research Seminar will commence at 11:30am in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available from 11:00am with the talk commencing at 11:30am.

Title: Wiliam James on the Experience of Activity


Do we experience our own activity? From around 1880 to 1906, the American philosopher and psychologist William James was sure that the answer to this question was 'no'. However, just a few years before his death, he changed his mind. In this paper, I argue that this led to dramatic changes in his psychology, pragmatism, and metaphysics.


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