This book explores theoretical innovations of classical pragmatism and their relevance to a philosophical theory of religion in our time. It considers the ideas of Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, Josiah Royce, and John Dewey on the subject of religion, with particular emphasis on the pragmatist's sensitivity to the ongoing processes to individualize and naturalize human self-understanding. It discusses pragmatic methodology in the philosophy of religion, James's pragmatism and Edgar Sheffield Brightman's personalism as related reactions to the challenges of naturalism and historicism, James's concept of a “sick soul,” and Dewey's concept of experience. It also explores the challenges of contingency in relation to pragmatist philosophy of religion, along with semiotics as the key tool to conceptualizing the significance of transcendence.
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