The purpose of this article is to provide a quick survey of William James's views on the plurality of visions that humans have regarding reality, as a background for more extensive discussions of his views on the plurality of values that orient human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as his views on the enactment of those values through active resistance to the ways things are and the risk-taking involved in striving to improve the human condition. Consonant with pluralism itself, I intend this discussion to open up rather than close off further considerations of James's views on ethics.
Copyright © 2009 University of Maine Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Mind and Behavior 30:3 (2009), 121-138.
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Leary, David E. "Visions and Values: Ethical Reflections in a Jamesian Key."Journal of Mind and Behavior 30, no. 3 (2009): 121-38.