Creating One's Self: The Therapeutic Ethical Pragmatism of William James

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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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Rubin, Michael, Supervisor
  • Levine, Michael, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Sept 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 01/01/2018
  • 31/12/2022. Made publicly available on 31/12/2022.


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