Letter from Charles S. Peirce to Daniel C. Gilman
(New York, 13.09.1877)

Spanish translation & annotations


New York, 1877 Sep. 13


Dear Sir,

Will you permit me to address a word to you in regard to the candidature of my friend Dr. William James for the chair of psychology in the John Hopkins University. I don’t know whether you are aware that I have made a somewhat profound study of some subjects kindred to psychology, endeavoring to see them in such light as



natural science was able to throw upon them.

I therefore venture to say this.

Every science, before it was a real science, was a theatre for empty talk & metaphysical nonsense. Psychology has just left this stage, and is just entering the scientific stage. Hereafter, we are not to hold all opinions as equal in psychology. There are to be settlements of belief about it, as in other branches of real science. There


is to be one universally acknowledged real method. The Professor who teaches otherwise will simply be a dunce.

Therefore, the Johns Hopkins University must select for its professor of psychology, a man competent to teach the New Psychology. He must be 1. Deeply read in the old Philosophies. 2. Thoroughly a scientific man. 3. An accomplished anatomist. 4. Perfect in the specialty of psychology.

All that James is. I believe he

is the only man in the country who fulfills these conditions.

Besides that, his personality is on every account that which it is desirable for a university to secure. His character is one of the noblest & finest I know, and he is eminently the man to have a good effect on the minds of his pupils. Such men are rare, and I hope you will have the good fortune to get him, being perfectly sure that if you do, he will do your university a great deal of honor.

Your obedient servant,
C. S. Peirce

President Gilman
Johns Hopkins University



Transcription by Max Fisch, revised by Sara Barrena (2017)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia del tercer viaje europeo de Charles S. Peirce (septiembre-noviembre 1877)"

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Última actualización: 22 de diciembre 2017

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