SAAP Annual Meeting 2013

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Pragmatist Approaches to Philosophy of Religion

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Randy Friedman
Binghamton University (SUNY)
United States

Michael Slater
Georgetown University
United States

Willie Young
Endicott College
United States

Abstract:
William James and John Dewey offer pragmatism as a restorative, meant to help us overcome traditional philosophical ailments. In addition to the benefits of the turn to experience in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of education, pragmatism may be applied in philosophy of religion, with similar efficacy. James and Dewey both emphasize religious experience as the antidote to dualistic and dogmatic religion. This panel will examine the differences between James and Dewey’s approaches to philosophy of religion. This entails making the case that both are concerned with offering a theory of religion, or at least recovering the function of religious experience in a secular context.

 

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