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William James

Father of American psychology William James

Profession: Father of American psychology

United States of America

Biography: The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, he was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers in American history.

He was the mind behind Pragmatism, America’s most important philosophical school.

Born: January 11, 1842
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: August 26, 1910 (aged 68)

Historical Events

  • 1869-06-21 William James 'the Father of American Psychology' passes his medical examination at Harvard Medical School

Quotes by William James

  • "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

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