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William James on Ethics and Faith

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  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107437340

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  • This book offers a new interpretation of William James's ethical and religious thought. Michael Slater shows that James's conception of morality, or what it means to lead a moral and flourishing life, is intimately tied to his conception of religious faith, and argues that James's views on these matters are worthy of our consideration. He offers a reassessment of James's 'will to believe' or 'right to believe' doctrine, his moral theory, and his neglected moral arguments for religious faith. And he argues that James's pragmatic account of religion is based on an ethical view of the function of religion and a realist view of the objects of religious belief and experience, and is compatible with his larger conception of pragmatism. The book will appeal to readers interested in the history of modern philosophy, especially pragmatism, as well as those interested in moral philosophy, religion, and the history of ideas.

    • Provides readers with the most sustained analysis of James's ethical thought currently on offer
    • Develops a distinctive interpretation of James's philosophy of religion
    • Gives a detailed analysis of James's philosophical writings and presents his arguments in a clear, accessible manner
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    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107437340
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a practical faith
    Part I. Practical Faith and the Will to Believe:
    1. The will and the right to believe
    2. James's Wager and the right to believe
    Part II. Two Moral Arguments for Religious Faith:
    3. James's religious ethics in 'The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life'
    4. Overcoming pessimism in 'Is Life Worth Living'?
    Part III. Piecemeal Supernaturalism and Practical Needs:
    5. Religion and morality in the varieties of religious experience
    6. A pragmatic account of religion
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Michael R. Slater, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Michael R. Slater is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Oregon.

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