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The Varieties of Transcendence$
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Hermann Deuser, Hans Joas, Matthias Jung, and Magnus Schlette

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267576

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Varieties of Transcendence
Author(s):

Hermann Deuser

Hans Joas

Matthias Jung

Magnus Schlette

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   pragmatism, religion, self-understanding, personalism, sick soul, contingency, semiotics, transcendence

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