William James

William James

William James was a 19th-century American intellectual who made contributions to a range of disciplines including psychology and philosophy. Despite being written more than a century ago, his books continue to be recommended by experts on Five Books for a variety of reasons. A popular book introducing William James and why he’s still relevant today is Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life by American philosopher John Kaag.

William was the brother of novelist Henry James.

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The best books on Ecstatic Experiences, recommended by Jules Evans

States of ecstasy (from the ancient Greek ekstasis, meaning ‘standing outside’) are moments when you lose your ordinary sense of self and feel connected to something greater than you. It can be euphoric, but it can also be terrifying, says the philosopher Jules Evans. Here he selects five books that explore the significance and power of these surprisingly common experiences.

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