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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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Ontological Faith in Dewey’s Religious Idealism

Ontological Faith in Dewey’s Religious Idealism

(p.73) Ontological Faith in Dewey’s Religious Idealism
The Varieties of Transcendence

Victor Kestenbaum

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between faith and intentional inexistence by focusing on John Dewey's belief that “an unseen power controlling our destiny becomes the power of an ideal.” It argues that faith, including religious faith, is not a developmental lag in knowledge or evidence and comments on those scholars who can no longer find any acknowledgment of transcendence in Dewey's writings. It challenges the assumption that Dewey is a head-to-toes naturalist thinker with an at-most-marginal slant toward the topic of religion, and instead suggests that he is a phenomenologically respectful thinker philosophizing at the limits of—and perhaps beyond—a naturalist mode. It describes Dewey's concept of faith as a form of religious idealism and his theory of religious experience as an unusual pragmatist conception.

Keywords:   faith, intentional inexistence, John Dewey, religious faith, transcendence, religion, religious idealism, religious experience

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