Annual Meetings

The William James Society Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting,
Baltimore, MD, January 4-7, 2017.
G7A, Thursday, 2:00–5:00 p.m

• James Pawelski, University of Pennsylvania,  “William James and Well-Being: The Science and Culture of Human Flourishing” (Presidential Address)

•Jeremy Clifton:  The Pragmatic Value of Primal World Beliefs

•David Yaden:  New Approaches to the Varieties of Religious Experience

•Business Meeting

 

Past Meetings

The William James Society Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 6-9, 2016.

• Chair: James Pawelski, University of Pennsylvania.

•Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt, “Pluralism and Toleration in James’s Social Philosophy.”

•Russel Duvernoy, University of Oregon, “‘Concepts’ and Continuity: Onto-Epistemology in William James” (2015 WJS Young Scholar Prizer Winner)

•Commentator: Henry Jackman, York University

•Business Meeting

 

The William James Society 2014 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting,
Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, December 29, 2014.

• Ermine Algaier (Temple University), “Reconstructing James’s Early Radical Empiricism: the 1896 Preface and the “Spirit of Inner Tolerance”” (Young Scholar Prize)

• James Campbell (The University of Toledo), “The Early Reception of James’s Varieties” (Presidential Address)

• Business Meeting

 

The William James Society 2013 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, December 27-30, 2013.

• Matthew A. Foust (Central Connecticut State University), “The Feminist Pacifism of William James and Mary Whiton Calkins”

• Session Topic: Winner of the William James Society Young Scholar Prize and Business Meeting

 

The William James Society 2010 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Boston, December 27-30, 2010.

• Paul J. Croce (Stetson), Presidential Address: “The Predisciplinary James.”

• Session topic: “James Across the Disciplines.”

• Speakers: Ramón del Castillo (Madrid), “The Comic Mind of William James;” Loren Goldman (Chicago), “The Ideological James: Radical Appropriations of a Liberal Philosoper;” and Emma Sutton (Wellcome Institute), “James and the Politics of Psychotherapy.”

• Commentator: Francesca Bordogna (Northwestern).

 

The William James Society 2009 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, New York, December 27-30, 2009.

• Meeting theme: Jamesian Pluralisms.

• Speakers: H. G. Callaway (Philadelphia) and Frederick Ruf (Georgetown University).

• Commentator: Wesley Cooper (Alberta).

• Chair: Paul Croce (Stetson).

• Business Meeting: Lynn Bridgers (St. Norbert College), Secretary-Treasurer, WJS.

 

The William James Society 2008 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, December 28, 2008.

• Presidential Address by David Lamberth (Harvard), “What to Make of James’s ‘Genetic Theory’ of Truth.”

• Meeting theme: “Truth and Live Experience in William James.”

• Speakers: Harvey Cormier (Stony Brook) and Amy Kittelstrom (Sonoma State).

• Commentator: Paul Croce (Stetson).

• Business Meeting: Lynn Bridgers (St. Norbert College), Secretary-Treasurer, WJS.

 

The William James Society 2007 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, December 28, 2007.

• Presidential Address by John Lachs (Vanderbilt).

• Meeting theme: “Human Blindness.”

• Speakers: James Pawelski (Pennsylvania), Fred Ruf (Georgetown).

• Commentator: David Leary.

• Business Meeting: Micah Hester (UAMS), Secretary-Treasurer, WJS.

 

The William James Society 2006 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC, December 28, 2006. Chair: John Lachs (Vanderbilt).

• Presidential Panel: William James and Literature.

• Patrick Dooley (St. Bonaventure University), “William James’s ‘Specious Present’ and Willa Cather’s Phenomenology of Memory.”

• Joan Richardson (CUNY Graduate Center), “William James’s Feeling ‘Of If.'”

• Peter Hare (SUNY Buffalo), “William James, Literary Imagination, and Epistemology.”

• Business Meeting: Micah Hester (UAMS), Secretary-Treasurer, WJS.

 

The William James Society 2005 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, New York, December 29, 2005.

• Presidential Address by William Gavin, “Problem vs. Trouble: James, Kafka, Dostoevsky, and ‘The Will to Believe.'”

• Panel topic: “Charlene Seigfried’s William James’s Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy, Fifteen Years Later.”

• Speakers: John Capps, Megan Mustain, David Perley, Richard Shusterman, Charlene Seigfried.

 

The William James Society 2004 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Boston, December 30, 2004.

• Panel topic : “Harry Heft’s Ecological Psychology in Context.” Moderator: Mark Moller (Denison University).

• Commentators: Tom Burke (University of South Carolina), Jack Sanders (Rochester Institute of Technology), Barry Smith (University of Buffalo).

• Respondent: Harry Heft (Denison).

 

The William James Society 2003 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC, December 28, 2003.

• Presidential Address by Linda Simon (Skidmore College).

• Panel topic: “Conceptualizing William James: The Interface of Biography and the Scholarship of Ideas.” Chair: Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University).

• Harvey Cormier (State University of New York – Stony Brook), “Philosophy in the Life of James.”

• John Danisi (Wagner College), “Psychology in the Life of James.”

• John Roth (Claremont McKenna College), “Religion in the Life of James.”

 

The William James Society 2002 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, December 29, 2002.

• Presidential Address by John J. McDermott (Texas A&M University).

• Meeting theme: “James’s Melorism: Escape from Tragedy.”

• Speakers: Dwight Goodyear (New School University), Henry Jackman (York University).

• Respondant: Richard Gale (University of Pittsburgh).

 

The William James Society 2001 Annual Meeting at the APhilA Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, December 28, 2001.

• Meeting theme: “Fronting Life in the 21st Century: James in the New Century.”

• Phil Oliver, “James and the Return to Life.”

• Robert Talisse, “The Need for a Moral Equivalent of War.”

• William Gavin, “Vagueness, Death and Dying in the New Millennium.”