William James

1842 - 1910

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William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher, historian, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William James has received more than 3,485,920 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). William James is the 12th most popular psychologist (down from 11th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from United States (up from 118th 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 182Before him are Erich Fromm, John Dewey, Jacques Lacan, Lev Vygotsky, Erik Erikson, and Wilhelm Wundt. After him are Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, Anna Freud, John B. Watson, and Albert Bandura.

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Among people born in 1842, William James ranks 2Before him is Abdul Hamid II. After him are Stéphane Mallarmé, Peter Kropotkin, Alfred Marshall, Jules Massenet, Karl May, Josef Breuer, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, and Dominic Savio. Among people deceased in 1910, William James ranks 6Before him are Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, Henry Dunant, and Robert Koch. After him are Edward VII, Henri Rousseau, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Nadar, O. Henry, and Mily Balakirev.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William James ranks 116 out of 15,968Before him are Jim Morrison (1943), Sitting Bull (1831), Douglas MacArthur (1880), Milton Friedman (1912), Ted Bundy (1946), and Katharine Hepburn (1907). After him are Harvey Weinstein (1952), Barack Obama (1961), Sharon Tate (1943), J. D. Salinger (1919), Grace Hopper (1906), and Richard Feynman (1918).

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), Edward Thorndike (1874), B. F. Skinner (1904), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Paul Ekman (1934), Gordon Allport (1897), and Jerome Bruner (1915).