William James on Religion

Hardcover | June 13, 2013

EditorHenrik Rydenfelt, Sami Pihlström, Sami Pihlstrã¶m

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This is a collection of articles on William James's (1842-1910) philosophy of religion and its current relevance authored by a team of international experts. Famous for his work in psychology, James was the founder of the philosophical movement known as pragmatism as well as an early classic in religious studies. A new look at his philosophy of religion is crucially important for the development of this field of inquiry today. The book offers novel investigations of James's philosophy of religion and its contemporary importance as well as his controversial 'will to believe' argument in particular. Thus, for instance, both the account of religious experience in James's Varieties and the debate on the ethics of belief are illuminated.

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This is a collection of articles on William James's (1842-1910) philosophy of religion and its current relevance authored by a team of international experts. Famous for his work in psychology, James was the founder of the philosophical movement known as pragmatism as well as an early classic in religious studies. A new look at his phil...

Henrik Rydenfelt is a Researcher in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His recent publications are concentrated on a pragmatist approach to normativity, addressing key questions in several fields of philosophy, such as epistemology, meta-ethics, ethical theory and social philosophy. Rydenfelt is the coordin...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 9.66 × 5.66 × 0.78 inPublished:June 13, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230349765

ISBN - 13:9780230349766

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Sami Pihlström and Henrik Rydenfelt
PART I
1. William James on Religion and Pragmatism; Wayne Proudfoot
2. Anti-dogmatism in the Defense of Religious Belief; Charlene Haddock Seigfried
3. William James' Varieties and the Cognitive Value of Religious Experiences; Niek Brunsveld
4. Pragmatic Realism and Pluralism in Philosophy of Religion; Sami Pihlström
PART II
5. 'The Ethics of Belief' Reconsidered; Susan Haack
6. Sensitive Truths and Sceptical Doubt; Henrik Rydenfelt
7. Reading James' 'The Will to Believe' Closely: Its Implications for Evidentialism and the Evidentialist Critique of Religion; Dirk-Martin Grube
8. Possibility and Permission? Intellectual Character, Inquiry, and the Ethics of Belief; Guy Axtell
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