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Self, God and ImmortalityA Jamesian Investigation$
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Eugene Fontinell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780823220700

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.001.0001

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World or Reality as “Fields”

World or Reality as “Fields”

(p.25) Chapter 1 World or Reality as “Fields”
Self, God and Immortality

Eugene Fontinell

Fordham University Press

This chapter utilizes William James' language as well as that of others to construct a “field” model, for which the primary purpose is to employ it in the development of a “self” open to the possibility of personal immortality. Since a key feature of both the self and the mode of immortality is their continuity with the experienced world or reality, it will be necessary first to present the distinguishing characteristics of this world, beginning with “fields” as the primary metaphor, in an effort to understand all reality. It must be stressed that there is no pretense of giving a mirror image of some outer “reality in itself” when reality or the world is described as a plurality of fields.

Keywords:   William James, self, immortality, reality, experienced world, fields, plurality

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