The Demons of William James: Religious Pragmatism Explores Unusual Mental States

The Demons of William James: Religious Pragmatism Explores Unusual Mental States

by Tadd Ruetenik

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319916224
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 169
Sales rank: 688,771
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tadd Ruetenik is Professor of Philosophy at St. Ambrose University, USA.

Table of Contents

1. James Family Vastation
1.1 Clarifying the “Demonic”
1.2 The Value of the Unusual

1.3 The 1906 Earthquake, with Aftershocks

1.4 The Vastation of Swedenborg

1.5 The Vastation of Henry James the Elder

1.6 The Vastation of William James

1.7 The Vastation of Henry James

1.8 Pragmatist Exorcism
2. Pragmatism and Demonology: Circumspection of the Topic

2.1 Clashing Temperaments and Pragmatic Dissolutions
2.2 Skeptical Challenges

2.3 A Demonological Case Study

3. Piper, Salem, and the Communal Demonic

3.1 The Spectacle of Hypnotism

3.2 Socially Conditioned Demonic Possession

3.3 The One and the Many

3.4 Possessing Mrs. Piper

3.5 Dr. Phinuit, the Fraudulent Frenchman

3.6 The Curiously Fragmentary Dr. Hodgson

4. Contemporary Mediums and the Return of William James

4.1 James Dances with Susy Smith

4.2 James Speaks with Jane Roberts

4.3 James Speaks Again with Smith

4.4 Report on the James Controls

4.5 The Demons of Allison DuBois

4.6 The Demons of John Edward

4.7 Hunting for the Big H

5. The Varieties of Demonic Experience: A Study in Quasi-Human Nature

5.1 Functional Demonology

5.2 Personal Demonology

5.3 Hellfire Demonology

5.4 Technological Demonology

6. Embraced by the Demon: The Perils of Immediate Experience

6.1 The Varieties of Near Death Experience

6.2 The Demons of Swedenborg

7. The “Cruel” Death of William James

7.1 A Person’s a Person, no Matter How Dead

7.2 The Unpardonable Sin

7.3 Suggestibility and Sacrifice

7.4 Demons Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

7.5 Salem: Satan’s Insidious Deception
7.6 The Exorcism of William James

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