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William James, Sciences of Mind, and Anti-Imperial Discourse


  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107554870

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  • In the past few decades, the humanities and social sciences have developed new methods of reorienting their conceptual frameworks in a 'world without frontiers'. In this book, Bernadette M. Baker offers an innovative approach to rethinking sciences of mind as they formed at the turn of the twentieth century, via the concerns that have emerged at the turn of the twenty-first. The less-visited texts of Harvard philosopher and psychologist William James provide a window into contemporary debates over principles of toleration, anti-imperial discourse and the nature of ethics. Baker revisits Jamesian approaches to the formation of scientific objects including the child mind, exceptional mental states and the ghost to explore the possibilities and limits of social scientific thought dedicated to mind development and discipline formation around the construct of the West.

    • Analyzes lesser-known works of William James
    • Brings Jamesian concepts into dialogue with contemporary scholarship
    • Considers anti-imperialist sentiments and discourse from the nineteenth century through the present day
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107554870
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Between the child's mind and the ghost: scientific objects and the contours of colonial authority
    2. Mind over matter? Psychology of associationism, tactic of education, and anthropology of native informant/s
    3. Exceptional (mental?) states: conscious/unconscious and self-regulation of the democratic citizen
    4. Richard Hodgson calling: spirit-return, biopower, and the mystical
    5. Rationality: always ready?

  • Author

    Bernadette M. Baker, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Bernadette M. Baker is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin. Her research areas include philosophy, history, comparative cosmology and sociology as they intersect with curriculum studies and transnational and postfoundationalist approaches. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and of an Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association for In Perpetual Motion: Theories of Power, Educational History, and the Child (2001). Baker currently holds a visiting professorship at the University of Copenhagen.

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