A recent resurgence of interest in William James's ethics has focused on his notion of self-creation--making deliberate changes to one's own character and most settled habits in pursuit of a richer, more rewarding life. This thesis advances an interpretation of self-creation as James's response to the socio-economic circumstances of his day, derived from and integrating key themes from his metaphysics, philosophical psychology, philosophy of religion, and pedagogical theory. Contrary to more traditional readings, it shows that James's ethics is sustained (rather than diminished) by his diverse theoretical commitments, linked by a series of critical, though often overlooked, methodological decisions.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||14 Sep 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2018|
- Embargoed from 01/01/2018
- 31/12/2022. Made publicly available on 31/12/2022.