William James and a Science of Religions: Reexperiencing The Varieties of Religious Experience

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The "science of religion" is an important element in the interpretation of William James's work and in the methodology of the study of religion. An authority on pragmatism and the philosophy of religion, Wayne Proudfoot and a stellar group of contributors from a variety of disciplines including religion, philosophy, psychology, and history, bring innovative perspectives to James's work. Each contributor focuses on a specific theme in The Varieties of Religious Experience and suggests how James's treatment of that...

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Overview

The "science of religion" is an important element in the interpretation of William James's work and in the methodology of the study of religion. An authority on pragmatism and the philosophy of religion, Wayne Proudfoot and a stellar group of contributors from a variety of disciplines including religion, philosophy, psychology, and history, bring innovative perspectives to James's work. Each contributor focuses on a specific theme in The Varieties of Religious Experience and suggests how James's treatment of that theme can fruitfully be brought to bear, sometimes with revisions or extensions, on current debate about religious experience.

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William James is honored in this volume of critical essays celebrating the importance and impact of The Varieties of Religious Experience.

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Meet the Author

Wayne Proudfoot is professor of religion at Columbia University. His books include God and Self and Religious Experience. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

"Damned for God's Glory": William James and the Scientific Vindication of Protestant Culture, by David A. HollingerPragmatism and "an Unseen Order" in Varieties, by Wayne ProudfootThe Fragmentation of Consciousness and The Varieties of Religious Experience: William James's Contribution to a Theory of Religion, by Ann TavesJames's Varieties and the "New" Constructivism, by Jerome BrunerSome Inconsistencies in James's Varieties, by Richard RortyA Pragmatist's Progress: The Varieties of James's Strategies for Defending Religion, by Philip Kitcher

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