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 John Capps for being elected as the 2018-19 WJS At-Large Representative.

A special thanks to Michael Slater (At-Large Rep 2016-17) and Ermine Algaier (Secretary 2015-17) for their service.

Congratulations to Kyle Bromhall  for winning the 2017 WJS Young Scholar Prize for his paper,  “Embodied Akrasia: James on Motivation and Weakness of Will.”