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Principles of Psychology

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The Principles of Psychology
William James
Table of Contents
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William James..........................................................................................................................................1
The Principles of Psychology
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The Principles of Psychology
William James
Volume I
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Chapter 1. The Scope of Psychology
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Chapter 2. The Functions of the Brain
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Chapter 3. On Some General Conditions of Brain Activity
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Chapter 4. Habit
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Chapter 5. The Automaton Theory
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Chapter 6. The Mind\u2212Stuff Theory
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Chapter 7. The Methods and Snares of Psychology
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Chapter 8. The Relations of Minds to Other Things
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Chapter 9. The Stream of Thought
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Chapter 10. The Consciousness of Self
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Chapter 11. Attention
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Chapter 12. Conception
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Chapter 13. Discrimination and Comparison
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Chapter 14. Association
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Chapter 15. The Perception of Time
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Chapter 16. Memory
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Volume 2
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Chapter 17. Sensation
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Chapter 18. Imagination
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Chapter 19. The Perception of 'Things'
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Chapter 20. The Perception of Space
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Chapter 21. The Perception of Reality
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Chapter 22. Reasoning
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Chapter 23. The Production of Movement
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Chapter 24. Instinct
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Chapter 25. The Emotions
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Chapter 26. Will
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Chapter 27. Hypnotism
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Chapter 28. Necessary Truths and the Effects of Experience
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This page copyright \u00a9 2000 Blackmask Online.
CHAPTER I. The Scope of Psychology

Psychology is the Science of Mental Life, both of its phenomena and of their conditions. The phenomena are
such things as we call feelings, desires, cognitions, reasonings, decisions, and the like; and, superficially
considered, their variety and complexity is such as to leave a chaotic impression on the observer. The most
natural and consequently the earliest way of unifying the material was, first, to classify it as well as might be,
and, secondly, to affiliate the diverse mental modes thus found, upon a simple entity, the personal Soul, of
which they are taken to be so many facultative manifestations. Now, for instance, the Soul manifests its
faculty of Memory, now of Reasoning, now of Volition, or again its Imagination or its Appetite. This is the
orthodox 'spiritualistic' theory of scholasticism and of common\u2212sense. Another and a less obvious way of
unifying the chaos is to seek common elements in the divers mental facts rather than a common agent behind
them, and to explain them constructively by the various forms of arrangement of these elements, as one
explains houses by stones and bricks. The 'associationist' schools of Herbart in Germany, and of Hume, the

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