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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Royce says that limits for which group are a result of only a piece of absolute will?

2. What do Lectures XVI and XVII outline?

3. According to James, noetic pluralism indicates which of the following?

4. According to James, 'each' and 'whole' are levels of what?

5. Which of the following does James not identify as a quality of saintliness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are James' thoughts about suicide?

2. What is the monist position?

3. What does noetic pluralism indicate to James?

4. What are James' essential elements to religion?

5. How does James describe reasoning as a part of rationalism?

6. What is the determinist stance?

7. How does James describe reasoning as a part of empiricism?

8. What did you learn about Josiah Royce from James' lectures?

9. What information about Bergson does James want the reader to take note of?

10. How is James' concept of philosophy different from your own?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the virtues of pluralism that James emphasizes? Describe each virtue and give an example of each. Then explain how these virtues are significant to understand James' broader philosophies.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Royce and Bergson. What do they believe about empiricism? Ignorance? Attention? Life? Experience?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the emphasis that James places on education. What does James say about education and knowledge? What are the benefits of education that he explains? What does this tell you about James' purpose in sharing his work with the reader?

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