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The William James Society (WJS) is a multidisciplinary professional society which supports the study of, and communication about, the life and work of William James (1842-1910) and his ongoing influence in the many fields to which he contributed.

The William James Society was founded in 1999 by Randall Albright and quickly grew to include members from across the USA and around the world. In 2001, the Society ratified an organizational constitution, held its first annual meeting, and elected executive offices. For many years, WJS published the in-house newsletter and scholarly outlet Streams of William James. In 2006, the society shifted gears and began publishing the academic, peer reviewed, online journal William James Studies.

Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in issues related to the thought and character of William James, and joins you to a growing community of scholars and others with related academic interests.

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Congratulations to the new WJS Officers! Our new Vice President is Megan Mustain, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at St. Marty’s University. Deborah Whitehead, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is our new At-Large Member. And the very first Treasurer in the history of our Society is Paul Stob, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Bonnie Sheehey, a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oregon, is awarded the 2016 WJS Young Scholar Prize for her paper “Temporality and Tragedy in William James’s Philosophy of Hope.”

A generous gift by S. Dan Harbottle (JD, PhD) increases the WJS Young Scholar Prize from $500 to $600 for the next ten years.

William James Studies, Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall) 2016  published on November 15th.