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Title: William James and the Metaphysics of Experience
Author: Lamberth, David C
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521581639
Volumes: 1; Pages: 270
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This book offers a new perspective on the philosopher, psychologist, and religious thinker William James. Using biographical materials, manuscripts, and analysis, the author develops the first systematic reading of James' world-view of radical empiricism, which sought to take concrete, immediate experience as the basis for understanding the world. The book offers close readings of key works by James. Lamberth argues that religion and philosophy themselves are intimately related conceptually for James; and concludes by relating James' conceptions to present debates concerning truth, religious experience, and theological understandings of the divine. A new interpretation of a major American philosopher and religious thinker Relates William James's philosophical and religious thinking to each otherContentsAcknowledgmentsNote on the textIntroduction1. James's radically empiricist Weltanschauung2. From psychology to religion: pure experience and radical empiricism in the 1890s3. The Varieties of Religious Experience: Indications of a philosophy adapted to normal religious needs4. Squaring logic and life: making philosophy intimate in A Pluralistic Universe5. Estimations and anticipationsSelect bibliographyIndex.