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dc.contributor.advisorBregman, Lucy
dc.creatorAlgaier IV, Ermine Lawrence
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-03T15:34:06Z
dc.date.available2020-11-03T15:34:06Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.other958157364
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/2543
dc.description.abstractIn December of 1896 William James (1842-1910) penned the preface to The Will to Believe & Other Essays in Philosophy, announcing his novel philosophy of radical empiricism. Nearly one hundred and twenty years later, the metaphysical themes of his mature radical empiricist writings (e.g., his 1904-05 writings posthumously published as Essays in Radical Empiricism) continue to dominate the interpretations of the secondary literature. “William James’s Early Radical Empiricism: Psychical Research, Religion, and the ‘Spirit of Inner Tolerance’” offers a revisionist reading that prioritizes the epistemic, moral, and social elements of James’s early radical empiricism in light of his concerns expressed in the 1896 preface. By focusing on a close textual analysis that aims to historically and thematically re-situate James’s radical empiricism within the context of his major and minor work in the 1880s through the late 1890s, I argue for a supplemental interpretation that emphasizes James’s epistemic sensitivity to the plight of the perceived “irrational” other. This project demonstrates that not only is James’s early radical empiricism concerned with epistemological matters of fact and perspective, but also their social and moral implications. It suggests that an alternative narrative is uncovered if we attend to particular historical, philosophical, and religious themes that reveal themselves as focal points of James’s work in the 1890s, particularly in the year 1896. By historicizing his 1890s defense of the epistemic underdog I develop the narrative that James’s early radical empiricism embraces all experience and that this is illustrated by his genuine interest in the point of view of the believer, the marginalized, and the “irrational” other.
dc.format.extent308 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
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dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectReligion, Philosophy of
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.subjectPsychical Research
dc.subjectRadical Empiricism
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectWilliam James
dc.titleWilliam James's Early Radical Empiricism: Psychical Research, Religion, and the "Spirit of Inner Tolerance"
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberRey, Terry
dc.contributor.committeememberMargolis, Joseph
dc.contributor.committeememberGoldblatt, Eli
dc.description.departmentReligion
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/2525
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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