Pragmatism and Religion: Classical Sources and Original Essays

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Stuart E. Rosenbaum
University of Illinois Press, 2003 - 325 pages
This distinctive collection of classical and contemporary readings comes at a time when pragmatism is undergoing a renaissance across a spectrum of disciplines. Pragmatism and Religion addresses an important but overlooked issue: whether or not the deep passions and commitments of American pragmatism's central figures are independent of Western religious traditions.

The first of the book's three sections samples pragmatism's religious roots. "Classical Sources" includes works by John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as Charles Sanders Peirce's "Evolutionary Love," William James's "Philosophy" (chapter 18 of The Varieties of Religious Experience), and selections by John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, John McDermott, and Richard Rorty.

Part 2, "Contemporary Essays on the American Tradition of Religious Thought," features Richard Bernstein's "Pragmatism's Common Faith," Stuart Rosenbaum's "Morality and Religion," and Robert Westbrook's "Uncommon Faith," among others.

Part 3, "Theism, Secularism, and Religion: Seeking a Common Faith" includes Raymond D. Boisvert's "What Is Religion?" Sandra B. Rosenthal's "Spirituality and the Spirit of American Pragmatism," Carl Vaught's "Dewey's Conception of the Religious Dimension of Experience," and Steven C. Rockefeller's "Faith and Ethics in an Interdependent World," among others.

Stuart Rosenbaum's contemporary contributors are among the best in the fields of pragmatism and pragmatism in religion. A unique resource, Pragmatism and Religion will serve students of religion, history, and philosophy, as well as those in interdisciplinary core courses.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Notes on Authors
14
A Model of Christian Charity
21
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
24
Walking Part 2
28
Circles
40
Evolutionary Love
50
Philosophy Lecture XVIII from The Varieties of Religious Experience
66
Pragmatisms Common Faith
129
Awakening in the Everyday Experiencing the Religious in the American Philosophical Tradition
142
Pragmatism History and Theology
153
Morality and Religion Why Not Pragmatism?
175
An Uncommon Faith Pragmatism and Religious Experience
190
Notes on Authors
208
What Is Religion? A Pragmatist Response
209
Spirituality and the Spirit of American Pragmatism Beyond the TheismAtheism Split
229

From Darkwater Chapter 9
85
Creative Democracy The Task before Us
91
A Common Faith Faith and Its Object
97
The Aesthetic Drama of the Ordinary
107
Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism
118
Notes on Authors
128
Pragmatism Truth and the Disenchantment of Subjectivity
243
John Deweys Conception of the Religious Dimension of Experience
265
A Peircean Theory of Religious Interpretation
277
Faith and Ethics in an Interdependent World
303
Index
321
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Stuart Rosenbaum is a professor of philosophy and the director of graduate studies in philosophy at Baylor University. He is the editor or coeditor of more than a dozen books, including Hatred, Bigotry, and Prejudice: Definitions, Causes, and Solutions and The Ethics of Abortion.

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