Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life (Paperback)
From the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, a compelling introduction to the life-affirming philosophy of William JamesIn 1895, William James, the father of American philosophy, delivered a lecture entitled "Is Life Worth Living?" It was no theoretical question for James, who had contemplated suicide during an existential crisis as a young man a quarter century earlier. Indeed, as John Kaag writes, "James's entire philosophy, from beginning to end, was geared to save a life, his life"--and that's why it just might be able to save yours, too. Sick Souls, Healthy Minds is an absorbing introduction to James's life and thought that shows why the founder of pragmatism and empirical psychology can still speak so directly and profoundly to anyone struggling to make a life worth living.
John Kaag, the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story and Hiking with Nietzsche, is professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Twitter @JohnKaag