This is a collection of articles on William James's (1842-1910)philosophy of religion and its current relevance authored by a team of internationalexperts. Famous for his work in psychology, James was the founder of thephilosophical movement known as pragmatism as well as an early classic in religiousstudies. A new look at his philosophy of religion is crucially important for thedevelopment of this field of inquiry today. The book offers novel investigations ofJames's philosophy of religion and its contemporary importance as well as hiscontroversial 'will to believe' argument in particular. Thus, for instance, both theaccount of religious experience in James's Varieties and the debate on the ethics ofbelief are illuminated.
Palgrave Macmillan; June 2013
- ISBN 9781137317353
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- Title: William James on Religion
- Author: Henrik Rydenfelt (ed.); Sami Pihlström (ed.)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
About The Author
Henrik Rydenfelt is a Researcher in Theoretical Philosophy atthe University of Helsinki, Finland. His recent publications are concentrated on apragmatist approach to normativity, addressing key questions in several fields ofphilosophy, such as epistemology, meta-ethics, ethical theory and social philosophy.Rydenfelt is the coordinator of the NordicPragmatism Network, assistant review editor of the Transactions of the Charles S. PeirceSociety, associate editor of Pragmatism Today, editor of Nordic Studies in Pragmatism, and a member of the editorialboard of the European Journal of Pragmatismand American Philosophy.
Sami Pihlström is Professorof Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and the Director ofthe Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki. He haspublished widely on pragmatism, the problem of realism, transcendental philosophy,and the philosophy of religion.