Pragmatic Pluralism and the Problem of God
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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This book addresses fundamental issues in the philosophy of religion from a pragmatist point of view and will be primarily of interest to professional phi los o phers specializing in pragmatism or the philosophy of religion. It is not merely a specialized scholarly volume, however, as it can also be used as supplementary reading material in courses intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Both pragmatism ...
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Contemporary philosophy of religion is in a confusing state, as the diff erent schools of thought seem to disagree not only about substan-tial questions such as God’s existence but about the very nature and meth-ods of the philosophy of religion. Th ese disagreements do not just arise from the theism versus atheism dispute about the existence of God or from the currently pop u lar science versus religion controversy, to which ...
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Is God real? What do we, or what should we, mean by this question? How, if at all, might the question, given that its meaning(s) can be clarifi ed, be settled or even rationally discussed? Is there any chance for a reasonable, scientifi cally minded person to believe in God, or is athe-ism the only intellectually responsible option for us today? Is theism in-evitably committed to the antiscientifi c absurdities of creationism, the ...
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John Dewey is oft en regarded as a purely secular thinker, a “natural-ist” and “humanist.” In most commentaries, Dewey’s pragmatism— including his moral, social, and educational thought— is barely, if at all, connected with his views on religion, in contrast to William James, whose explorations of religious themes, emphasizing the value of indi-vidual believers’ experiential perspectives, continuously attract scholars’ ...
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In this chapter, I move from classical pragmatism— the Jamesian and Deweyan considerations I have explored in the previous two chapters—to what has come to be called neopragmatism, and to its actual and potential contributions to the philosophy of religion. Neopragmatism, however, is not a unifi ed philosophical school of thought. Since the 1980s, some leading (mostly American) phi los o phers have been described by ...
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In the introduction, I started from the observation that contemporary philosophy of religion is in a relatively confusing state, as the diff erent approaches oft en disagree even about the very nature and methods of the philosophy of religion. I also pointed out that the status of pragma-tist philosophy of religion in this situation is ambivalent: generally speaking, pragmatists seek a middle path between extreme realism and ...
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There has been a recent revival, especially aft er 9/11, of philosophical interest in the concept of evil in its various dimensions. Without attempting to summarize this already comprehensive discussion, I want to start this chapter by drawing attention to some basic contrasts, ten-sions, and oppositions that need to be taken up when examining the concept of evil. Th ere is, fi rst, the familiar distinction to be drawn be-...
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In the previous chapters I have argued for the pragmatic need to adopt, antireductionistically and antiessentialistically, diff erent per-spectives on issues in the philosophy of religion: Kantian (the postulates of practical reason); Jamesian (the ethical grounding of metaphysics and theology); Deweyan (naturalism, the emancipation of “the religious” from supernaturalism); neopragmatist (integrating these perspectives ...
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: American Philosophy (FUP)