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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 4,017,421 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). William James is the 11th most popular psychologist (up from 12th in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from United States (up from 116th 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 11 out of 183Before him are Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Wundt, Lev Vygotsky, Erich Fromm, John Dewey, and Jacques Lacan. After him are Erik Erikson, Viktor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, Albert Bandura, and John B. Watson.

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

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William James ranks 96 out of 18,182Before him are Frank Sinatra (1915), Harrison Ford (1942), Joan Baez (1941), Henry David Thoreau (1817), Ted Bundy (1946), and Stan Lee (1922). After him are H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Chuck Norris (1940), Meryl Streep (1949), Jim Morrison (1943), Richard Feynman (1918), and Michael Douglas (1944).

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), B. F. Skinner (1904), Edward Thorndike (1874), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Jerome Bruner (1915), Paul Ekman (1934), and Howard Gardner (1943).