It is obvious that Michela Bella has remarkably done justice to the central aims of the book : (1) to analyze the theme of continuity and (2) to illustrate the continuity of thought in James. . . . The scholarliness of the author is evident from the literature consulted and studied. She has painstakingly examined all the works of William James including reviews and correspondences and has consulted extensively the most relevant secondary literature. The thematic continuity and intellectual eruditeness of the work is greatly appreciable. . . . the academic profundity of this book exhibits the scope of a comparative scholarship of ‘continuity’ between James and each of them. Bella has not attempted to find applications of James’s view of ‘continuity’ and ‘dynamism.’ In fact, this work can be used as key source for future research and further interpretations in various inter-disciplinary fields like science-religion interaction, positive psychology, etc.
Michela Bella’s Ontology after Philosophical Psychology: The Continuity of Consciousness in William James’s Philosophy of Mind offers a detailed survey of James’s thought using “continuity” as its focal lens. . . It will particularly interest James scholars studying the entanglement of the metaphysical with the psychological and epistemological. . . . Bella convincingly supports her thesis that continuity is the concept for following the bridge between the empirical and psychological and the epistemological and metaphysical in James. . . Bella’s book is invaluable for shedding light on how fecund and subtle [James's] thought is.