The Moral Sense of Education in William James’ Philosophy

  • John R. ScudderJr.
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 22)


William James made it very clear to the teachers to whom he addressed his famous Talks to Teachers on Psychology that they would not find the primary sense of education in psychology but in the moral sense. He wrote that “the teacher’s attitude toward the child, being concrete and ethical, is positively opposed to the psychological observer’s, which is abstract and analytic.”1


Moral Education Moral Action Moral Sense Moral Demand Voluntary Attention 
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  1. 1.
    William James, Talks to Teachers on Psychology; and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals, (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1958), p. 27.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Ibid., p. 42 Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ibid., p. 43.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ibid., p. 37.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Ibid., p. 58 Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Ibid., p. 66–67.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 67–68.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 126.Google Scholar
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    William Barrett, The Illusion of Technique: A Search for Meaning in a Technological Civilization (Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1978), p. 229.Google Scholar
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    William James, Psychology: Briefer Course (New York: Collier Books, 1962), p. 457.Google Scholar
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    William James, “What Makes a Life Significant,” Talks, op. cit., p. 185.Google Scholar
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    William James, “The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life,” Essays in Pragmatism (New York: Hafner Press, 1948), p. 72.Google Scholar
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    Eugen Fink, Grundfragen der Systematischen Paedagogik (Freiburg: Verlag Rombach, 1978), p. 92.Google Scholar
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    Eugen Fink, Erziehungswissenschaft und Eebenslehre (Freiburg: Verlag Rombach, 1970), p. 194.Google Scholar
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    Talks, op. cit., p. 169.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. ScudderJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Lynchburg CollegeUSA

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