How Much Facts Do You Have About William James?

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How Much Facts Do You Have About William James? - Quiz

He is probably one of the most important American philosophers of the 19th-20th Centuries. He as provided a great collection of work concerning pragmatism, which is one of the founding philosophies of the Modern Western civilization. So, how much do you actually know about him? Take our quiz now and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When was he born?

    • A.

      January 10, 1842

    • B.

      January 10, 1840

    • C.

      January 11, 1843

    • D.

      January 11, 1842

    Correct Answer
    D. January 11, 1842
    Explanation
    The correct answer is January 11, 1842.

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  • 2. 

    Where was he born?

    • A.

      In New York

    • B.

      In Philadelphia

    • C.

      In Chicago

    • D.

      In Detroit

    Correct Answer
    A. In New York
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "In New York" because the question is asking for the birthplace of the person. The other cities mentioned (Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit) are not relevant to the question and do not provide information about the person's birthplace.

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  • 3. 

    In which university did he go to?

    • A.

      UCLA

    • B.

      Yale

    • C.

      Oxford

    • D.

      Harvard University

    Correct Answer
    D. Harvard University
    Explanation
    He went to Harvard University.

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  • 4. 

    What were his main interests when it comes to Western philosophy?

    • A.

      Existentialism and materialism

    • B.

      Pragmatism and psychology.

    • C.

      Liberalism and rationalism

    • D.

      Liberalism and Helenism

    Correct Answer
    B. Pragmatism and psychology.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pragmatism and psychology. This means that the person's main interests in Western philosophy were focused on the practical aspects of philosophy and the study of the human mind and behavior. Pragmatism emphasizes the practical consequences of beliefs and actions, while psychology explores the mind and its processes.

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  • 5. 

    How is his philosophical school called?

    • A.

      Communism

    • B.

      Liberalism

    • C.

      Pragmatism

    • D.

      Rationalism

    Correct Answer
    C. Pragmatism
    Explanation
    Pragmatism is the correct answer because it refers to a philosophical school of thought that emphasizes practicality and the practical consequences of ideas. This school of thought originated in the United States in the late 19th century and was championed by philosophers such as William James and John Dewey. Pragmatism focuses on the practical application of ideas and beliefs, rather than abstract or theoretical considerations. It emphasizes the importance of experimentation, experience, and results in determining the truth or value of a concept or belief.

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  • 6. 

    What is pragmatism?

    • A.

      It's the philosophy that emphasizes the application of ideas by ignoring them.

    • B.

      It's the philosophy that emphasizes on ideas.

    • C.

      It's the philosophy that emphasizes the practical application of ideas by acting on them without testing them in human experiences.

    • D.

      It's the philosophy that emphasizes the practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences.

    Correct Answer
    D. It's the philosophy that emphasizes the practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences.
    Explanation
    Pragmatism is a philosophy that prioritizes the practical application of ideas by putting them into action and testing them in real-life situations. This approach focuses on the importance of testing ideas through human experiences rather than solely relying on theoretical or abstract concepts.

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  • 7. 

    How many siblings did he have?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    The answer is 4 because it is stated that "he" had siblings, indicating that the person being referred to had brothers or sisters.

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  • 8. 

    When was his book "the principle of psychology" published?

    • A.

      In 1875

    • B.

      In 1880

    • C.

      In 1885

    • D.

      In 1890

    Correct Answer
    D. In 1890
    Explanation
    "The principle of psychology" by William James was published in 1890.

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  • 9. 

    How did James define beliefs?

    • A.

      As something hard to explain.

    • B.

      As you are what you are no matter what.

    • C.

      As seeing is believing.

    • D.

      As those that prove useful to the believer.

    Correct Answer
    D. As those that prove useful to the believer.
    Explanation
    James defined beliefs as those that prove useful to the believer. This suggests that he viewed beliefs not as objective truths, but rather as subjective and pragmatic tools that individuals use to navigate and make sense of the world. According to James, beliefs are valuable to the extent that they help individuals achieve their goals, solve problems, and guide their actions. This perspective emphasizes the practicality and utility of beliefs, rather than their correspondence to an external reality.

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  • 10. 

    How was his 1896 lecture called?

    • A.

      The will to believe.

    • B.

      Believe.

    • C.

      Don't believe till you see it.

    • D.

      You don't know what you got till it's gone.

    Correct Answer
    A. The will to believe.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The will to believe." This is because the question is asking for the title of his 1896 lecture, and "The will to believe" is the only option that fits this criteria. The other options are not related to lectures or do not specify the title of the lecture.

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