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Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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Present at the End? Who Will Be There When the Last Stone Is Thrown?

Present at the End? Who Will Be There When the Last Stone Is Thrown?

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(p.1) Introduction Present at the End? Who Will Be There When the Last Stone Is Thrown?
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Pragmatism with Purpose
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Vincent Colapietro

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.003.0021

This introduction explores Peter Hare's creative appropriation of William James's doctrines of natural realism and heuristic pluralism. Hare was drawn to James not only because of the latter's literary gifts but also because of his philosophical insights. Throughout his life, Hare was appreciative of James's efforts to articulate an ethics of belief, but he was not willing to grant so readily to James and his followers the right to believe in the context of religion. Even so, the ethics of belief outlined and partly filled in by James provided Hare with the insights, and indeed inspiration, to develop a distinctive form of what in contemporary analytic philosophy is called epistemic responsibilism. In this introduction, James's misgivings about the orientation toward the universe and Hare's orientation toward naturalism are discussed, along with a naturalistic account of human knowing in relation to James's account of knowledge, meaning, and truth.

Keywords:   natural realism, Peter Hare, William James, heuristic pluralism, ethics of belief, religion, epistemic responsibilism, knowledge, truth, human knowing

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