Call For Papers


William James Studies is pleased to announce
a special issue dedicated to
William James and John J. McDermott

“Let me repeat that a man’s vision is the great fact about him”
A Pluralistic Universe

The writings and work of John J. McDermott have had a singular and profound impact on the trajectory of Classical American Philosophy. His reintroduction of primary texts through edited volumes of James, Peirce, Dewey and Royce, as well as his role in the foundation of the Society for the Advancement of Philosophy, produced the groundwork for the contemporary revival of American Philosophy. Of note are his contributions to William James scholarship, including The Writings of William James: A Comprehensive Edition, first published in 1967, his role as General Editor for the 12 Volumes of The Correspondence of William James, and the thousands of students that have passed through his classrooms. McDermott has both shaped and nurtured the study of William James and the larger scene of American Philosophy.

This special edition aims to collect informal narratives, pedagogical approaches, and traditional academic papers addressing McDermott’s work and its impact on James scholarship as it relates to the wider appreciation and understanding of James. Any papers that address the general relations of McDermott’s pedagogy or scholarly publications to the study of William James are welcome. We seek papers from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or theoretical approach that addresses these themes.

Submission Details:
Submissions should be approximately 4000-8000 words, prepared for blind review. Please see the guidelines of William James Studies manuscript submission information here. All papers must be submitted to guest editor for this issue, Charles Royal Carlson, by July 1st.

William James Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality, scholarly articles related to the life, work and influence of William James.