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William James Basie's Biography

- William James Basie's Biography During the heyday of the swing era, many big bands flourished. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, and Chick Webb fronted big bands that could swing, but none of these legends could swing like the Count Basie Orchestra. Count Basie proved that a big band could still swing, without losing the spontaneity so essential to jazz. William James Basie was born August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey (Hare, par. 3). His father was a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge, and his mother took in laundry to help with the family's financial situation....   [tags: William James Basie Biography]

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A Brief Biography of William James

- There are numerous psychologists that have made huge impacts and stand out in the world we live in. Some of these people include Skinner, Maslow, and Freud, people that everyone knows. However, a person who stands out in American psychology is William James. Even though his name is not known to everyone, he had many large contributions in psychology. He wrote two books, contributed to the James-Lange Theory of Emotion, impacted pragmatism, and functionalism. When he was just eight years old, he was better in mathematics than his “genius” father was....   [tags: father of American Psychology]

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William James 's Article Review

- In the article, "The Will to Believe", William James responds to W.K. Clifford who argued that it "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence". James held the belief that it 's more important to accomplish truth than to avoid error a and that it can in fact be reasonable to hold a belief without sufficient evidence. Both philosophers, in my opinion, offer persuasive arguments; however, I feel that beliefs are often a moral issue and the choice to believe can be an emotional or instinctual one rather then an intellectual one....   [tags: Religion, Morality, Belief, Faith]

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Destruction of the Self

- William James claimed that the self was divided into the “I” and the “Me,” and that the “Me” was divided into the material, social, and spiritual sub-categories. When the “Me” is attacked, and each subcategory is stripped away, a person can lose the distinguishing characteristics that makes one who one is. This type of psychological, emotional, and mental torture is shown to be used by the Nazi’s in Elie Wiesel’s heartbreaking book, Night. As the Nazi’s imprison and torture the Jewish population throughout the story, they slowly destroy the “Me” of the inmates....   [tags: William James]

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William James’ and the Legacy He Left Behind

- Many people attribute modern psychology to psychologist such as Sigmund Freud, Ivan Pavlov, and B.F. Skinner. Though, they were a part of developing modern psychology, many forget to recognize important founders such as William James. According to King, Viney and Woody, James came from a family with a strict father, raised in tolerance. James and his father had many encounters because of their different views. They were a wealthy and cultured family. James attended Harvard, studying a broad spectrum of just about everything....   [tags: modern psychology, individualism,pragmatism]

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William James 's View On Religious Belief

- William James in his article, “The Will to Believe” criticized Clifford’s views that suggested that when forming an opinion, one should never go beyond his or her logic. James believes that human reasoning sometimes have to utilize other considerations apart from the available evidence. If our main goal is to have beliefs that are true as opposed to merely avoiding errors, then people should be able to believe without necessarily having to follow the evidence. James applies this to some areas in life, and he comes to discuss his alleged relevance of his view on religious belief in the last section of the article ( 'William James In Focus: Willing To Believe ')....   [tags: Religion, Truth, Epistemology, Faith]

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William Faulkner And Henry James

- “Much of American Literature is a consideration of our ability to head to the frontier, reinvent ourselves, make a shining city on a hill, be the last best hope for mankind, free ourselves of the shackles of the past, the tragic fate of birth in a particular place ... you get the picture. It is shot through our attitudes to class, politics, the immigrant experience, and much else” (Hardy). Society has always impacted American literature and the way in which a story is accepted and admired or rejected and despised....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, American literature]

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William James

- William James was a philosopher and psychologist but was most well known in the field of Psychology for developing the philosophy of pragmatism, or the Functionalist theory: "Theory of mental life and behavior that is concerned with how an organism uses its perceptual abilities to function in its environment." He was also the first Psychologist to be born in America.      William James was born on January 11, 1842 in New York City. His father, Henry James Sr. was a Swednborgian theologian, and one of his brothers was the great novelist Henry James....   [tags: philosophy of pragmatism]

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Use of Stream of Consciousness by Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot

- Stream of consciousness is a key technique used most famously by modernist writers T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf. The Oxford-English Dictionary defines consciousness as “Internal knowledge or conviction; the state or fact of being mentally conscious or aware of something.” The term “stream of consciousness” is what is going through an individual’s mind. There is always a conversation going on within a person’s mind, whether it is an internal debate or just a general observation. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines stream of consciousness as “The continuous flow of sense-perceptions, thoughts, feelings and memories in the human mind.” To put in simpler terms, stream of consciousn...   [tags: psychology, william james, monologue]

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The Moral Equivalent of War by William James

- War is a hard thing to describe. It has benefits that can only be reaped through its respective means. Means that, while necessary, are harsh and unforgiving. William James, the author of “The Moral Equivalent of War”, speaks only of the benefits to be had and not of the horrors and sacrifices found in the turbulent times of war. James bears the title of a pacifist, but he heralds war as a necessity for society to exist. In the end of his article, James presents a “war against nature” that would, in his opinion, stand in war’s stead in bringing the proper characteristics to our people....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays]

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