Title

More Than Mere Weather: James's Talks to Students About Life

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2003

Abstract

William James addressed the last 3 lectures in Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals (1899/1958) specifically to students. The first of these lectures, "The Gospel of Relaxation," encouraged students to be both relaxed and active. The second, "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings," promoted awareness of and empathy for the diversity of individual human interest. The last lecture, "What Makes Life Significant," argued that neither ideals nor passion alone gave life meaning but that the 2 in confluence yield significance. In all, James shared insights suggesting how students might improve their lives.

Publication Title

Teaching of Psychology

Publisher Statement

Copyright 2003 by Teaching of Psychology published by SAGE Publications.

DOI

10.1207/S15328023TOP3001_08

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