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William James and the Metaphysics of Experience

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108973

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  • William James is frequently considered one of America's most important philosophers, as well as a foundational thinker for the study of religion. Despite his reputation as the founder of pragmatism, he is rarely considered a serious philosopher or religious thinker. In this new interpretation David Lamberth argues that James's major contribution was to develop a systematic metaphysics of experience integrally related to his developing pluralistic and social religious ideas. Lamberth systematically interprets James's radically empiricist world-view and argues for an early dating (1895) for his commitment to the metaphysics of radical empiricism. He offers a close reading of Varieties of Religious Experience; and concludes by connecting James's ideas about experience, pluralism and truth to current debates in philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and theology, suggesting James's functional, experiential metaphysics as a conceptual aid in bridging the social and interpretive with the immediate and concrete while avoiding naive realism.

    • An interpretation of a major American philosopher and religious thinker
    • Relates William James's philosophical and religious thinking to each other
    • Treats all of James's thought from a systematic, integrated perspective
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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108973
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Note on the text
    Introduction
    1. James's radically empiricist Weltanschauung
    2. From psychology to religion: pure experience and radical empiricism in the 1890s
    3. The Varieties of Religious Experience: Indications of a philosophy adapted to normal religious needs
    4. Squaring logic and life: making philosophy intimate in A Pluralistic Universe
    5. Estimations and anticipations
    Select bibliography
    Index.

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    David C. Lamberth, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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