William James: His Written Legacy

(Online access to his original texts)

Open Library:


  1. The Principles of Psychology, v. 1, 1890, Henry Holt and Company


  1. The Principles of Psychology, v.2, 1890, Henry Holt and Company ***



  1. Psychology: The Briefer Course, 1892, Henry Holt and Company ***


  1. The Will to Believe and other essays in popular Philosophy, 1897, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. Human Immortality: Two Supposed Objections to the Doctrine, 1898, Houghton Mifflin and Co. ***


  1. Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals, 1899, Henry Holt and Company ***


  1. The Varieties of Religious of Experience, 1902, Longmans, Green & Co. ***



  1. Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, 1907, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to Pragmatism, 1909, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. A Pluralistic Universe, 1909, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. Some Problems of Philosophy: A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy, 1911, Longmans, Green & Co.***


  1. Essays in Radical Empiricism, 1912, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. Memories and Studies of William James, 1917, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


  1. Collective Essays and Reviews of William James, 1920, Longmans, Green & Co. ***


*** This designates a link with an online version of the text that is searchable and is embedded with the actual page numbers that correspond to the original published text.

Dover Press Publishing Company: A publisher of reprinted original texts in paperback:


  • Principles of Psychology, v1 & 2
  • Principles of Psychology: The Briefer Course
  • The Will to Believe
  • Talks to Teachers
  • Pragmatism (This edition is also not useful for our purposes. It does reprint the text but does not do it in a form that matches the original size of that text and thus its Dover edition pagination is not a match to the pages found in the original.)
  • The Meaning of Truth (As of February 27, 2023, it is only available in epub format that does NOT reference the original page numbers of the printed text.)
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • Essays in Radical Empiricism

The University of Nebraska Press: A publisher of reprinted original texts in paperback: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/search/?contributor=William%20James

  • A Pluralistic Universe
  • Some Problems of Philosophy
  • Essays in Radical Empiricism

Harvard University Press: The Works of William James Collection, General Editor: Frederick H. Burkhardt.

The 18-volume hardcover set that includes all his major works, as well as the collection of all his published essays and letters to the editors, and his collected notes for lectures and books, 1975-1988.

The paperback edition of Pragmatism and The Meaning of Truth.