William James

1842 - 1910

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William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James is considered to be a leading thinker of the late 19th century, one of the most influential philosophers of the United States, and the "Father of American psychology." Along with Charles Sanders Peirce, James established the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. A Review of General Psychology analysis, published in 2002, ranked James as the 14th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William James has received more than 4,711,862 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). William James is the 12th most popular psychologist (down from 11th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from United States (down from 96th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Psychologist.

William James was a philosopher and psychologist. He is most famous for his work in the field of psychology, and his theory of pragmatism.

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Among psychologists, William James ranks 12 out of 235Before him are Erich Fromm, Lev Vygotsky, Wilhelm Wundt, Jacques Lacan, John Dewey, and Viktor Frankl. After him are Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, Albert Bandura, John B. Watson, and Kurt Lewin.

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Among people born in 1842, William James ranks 2Before him is Abdul Hamid II. After him are Peter Kropotkin, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Massenet, Alfred Marshall, Karl May, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Dominic Savio, Josef Breuer, Camille Flammarion, and Paul Lafargue. Among people deceased in 1910, William James ranks 7Before him are Leo Tolstoy, Henry Dunant, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, Robert Koch, and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. After him are Henri Rousseau, Edward VII, Nadar, Chulalongkorn, O. Henry, and Mily Balakirev.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William James ranks 135 out of 20,380Before him are Michael Douglas (1944), William Faulkner (1897), Milton Friedman (1912), Patti Smith (1946), Will Smith (1968), and Rosa Parks (1913). After him are Bobby Fischer (1943), Edwin Hubble (1889), Phineas Gage (1823), Charles Bronson (1921), Tom Hanks (1956), and Brad Pitt (1963).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, William James ranks 3Before him are Abraham Maslow (1908), and John Dewey (1859). After him are Carl Rogers (1902), John B. Watson (1878), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Edward Thorndike (1874), B. F. Skinner (1904), Howard Gardner (1943), Gordon Allport (1897), Paul Ekman (1934), and Jerome Bruner (1915).