William James and the Metaphysics of Experience

William James and the Metaphysics of Experience

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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.In this book I refer whenever possible to the Harvard University Press edition The Works of William James, edited by Frederick Burkhardt, Fredson ... citing the volumesa#39; presentations of manuscripts as well as references to letters and notes in appendices and the apparatus. ... This allows individuals without the Works edition to find many items in other sources (such as the popular Memories and Studies).

Title:William James and the Metaphysics of Experience
Author:David C. Lamberth
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1999-05-20


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