Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life

From the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, a compelling introduction to the life-affirming philosophy of William James


Published (US):
Mar 2, 2021
Published (UK):
Apr 6, 2021
5.25 x 8 in.
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In 1895, William James, the father of American philosophy, delivered a lecture entitled “Is Life Worth Living?” It was no theoretical question for James, who had contemplated suicide during an existential crisis as a young man a quarter century earlier. Indeed, as John Kaag writes, “James’s entire philosophy, from beginning to end, was geared to save a life, his life”—and that’s why it just might be able to save yours, too. Sick Souls, Healthy Minds is an absorbing introduction to James’s life and thought that shows why the founder of pragmatism and empirical psychology can still speak so directly and profoundly to anyone struggling to make a life worth living.

Awards and Recognition

  • Finalist for the PROSE Award in Philosophy, Association of American Publishers
  • One of Next Big Idea Club's Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of Spring