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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: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108973

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  • This book offers a new perspective on the philosopher, psychologist, and religious thinker William James. Using biographical materials, manuscripts, and analysis, the author develops the first systematic reading of James' world-view of radical empiricism, which sought to take concrete, immediate experience as the basis for understanding the world. The book offers close readings of key works by James. Lamberth argues that religion and philosophy themselves are intimately related conceptually for James; and concludes by relating James' conceptions to present debates concerning truth, religious experience, and theological understandings of the divine.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Lamberth's book is an extraordinarily precise analysis of James's transition from an empirical psychologist to a metaphysician, and he offers detailed interpretations of James's religious views within the context of James's attempt to overcome the perennial bugbear of philosophy: mind-body dualism." Neal Leavitt, The Boston Book Review

    "This volume is a welcome addition to the body of Jamesian scholarship. In this clearly written, well-researched, and convincing book, Lamberth has unveiled a philosopher worthy of careful attention." Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society

    "This study is beautifully Jamesian in character." Review of Metaphysics

    "...Lamberth's interpretation of "pure experience" sharpens the sense of James's defense of religion...It is an excellent path through James's later thought." The Boston Book Review

    "This is a very bold and exciting book..." Philosophy and Phenomenological

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108973
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    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
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  • Author

    David C. Lamberth, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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