The first educator to introduce a psychology course in the U.S. and author of several books on the different branches of psychology.
He enjoyed discussing and writing about free will, carrying on the legacy of philosopher Immanuel Kant.
He, Charles Sanders Peirce, and John Dewey all pioneered pragmatism and were founders of functional psychology.
He attended Harvard Medical School. He later became known as the Father of American Psychology.
He was married to Alice Gibbens and his brother was famous novelist Henry James.
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