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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. Whom does James refer to as feeling fundamentally fed up with life?

2. James says that other theorists originate from what type of experience?

3. In Lecture III, James compares mysticism to ____________.

4. According to James, beliefs are based on which of the following?

5. What does James believe to be the prevalence of one set of ideas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does James believe prompts people to act?

2. How does James designate the difference between those who are saintly and those who are not?

3. What is common sense as James sees it? Do you agree?

4. What is immanent operation?

5. What are the types of unity that James describes?

6. What does James says beliefs are based on? Do you agree?

7. According to James, what is inquiry designed for?

8. What does James say about other theorists and their experiences?

9. For a man to experience the divine, what does James insist he must do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe James' attempt to address challenges posed to his philosophies and ideas. What challenges is he effective at addressing? Does he solve any problems? What is the purpose of mentioning the challenges?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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