Philosophy as Teaching James's “Knight Errant,” Thomas Davidson

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225507
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235506 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Philosophy as Teaching James's “Knight Errant,” Thomas Davidson

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This chapter discusses the essay “Knight Errant,” by William James. In an essay in the May 5, 1905, issue of McLure's Magazine, James attempted to redeem a thinker who had not written work that bore any sort of significance. As philosophical writing, this person's work made little impression on the philosophical culture of the late 19th century. Davidson responded as knight errant, perhaps with a quixotic touch, by agreeing to become his teacher and establishing a syllabus and timetable for his teaching.

Keywords: Knight Errant; William James; philosophical writing; teaching

Chapter.  4338 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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