Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation

Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation

by Roger A. Ward
Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation

Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation

by Roger A. Ward

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Overview

In this fresh, provocative account of the American philosophical tradition, Roger Ward explores the work of key thinkers through an innovative and counterintuitive lens: religious conversion. From Jonathan Edwards to Cornel West, Ward threads the history of American thought into an extended, multivalent encounter with the religious experience. Looking at Dewey, James, Peirce, Rorty, Corrington, and other thinkers, Ward demonstrates that religious themes have deeply influenced the development of American philosophy.

This innovative reading of the American philosophical tradition will be welcomed not only by philosophers, but also by historians and other students of America's religious, intellectual, and cultural legacy.

Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation is available from the publisher on an open-access basis.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823283118
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: American Philosophy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 235
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Roger Ward is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown College, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexi
Introduction: Conversion and the Practice of Transformationxxv
1.The Philosophical Structure of Jonathan Edwards's1
2.Habit, Habit Change, and Conversion in C.S. Peirce29
3.Reconstructing Faith: Religious Overcoming in Dewey's Pragmatism62
4.Transforming Obligation in William James89
5.Dwelling in Absence: The Reflective Origin of Conversion120
6.Creative Transformation: The Work of Conversion151
7.The Evasion of Conversion in Recent American Philosophy180
Bibliography221
Index231
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