Religion and Radical Empiricism: The Importance of Self-Definition in Research

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SUNY Press, 1987/01/01 - 226 ページ
Rarely in modern times has religion been associated with empiricism except to its own peril. This book represents a comprehensive and systematic effort to retrieve and develop the tradition of American religious empiricism for religious inquiry.

Religion and Radical Empiricism offers a challenging account of how and why reflection on religious truth-claims must seek justification of those claims finally in terms of empirical criteria. Ranging through many of the major questions in philosophy of religion, the author weaves together a study of the varieties of empiricism in all its historical forms from Hume to Quine. She finds in James and Dewey; in Wieman, Meland, and Loomer of the Chicago School; in Whitehead; and in Abhidharma Buddhism constructive elements of a radically empirical approach to the controversial topic of religious experience. This work provides a strong counter-argument to critics of "revisionary theism," to caricatures of philosophy as "conversation," and to any collapse of the category of experience into its linguistic forms.
 

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Experience Justification and Theism
1
The Problem of Justification
4
Justifications in the Philosophy of Religion
7
The Problem of Theism
24
The Problem of Appeals to Experience
31
Shaking the Foundations of Empiricism
37
David Hume and Classical Empiricism
38
AJ Ayer and Logical Positivism
51
John Dewey and the Religious Dimension of Experience
106
Radical Empiricism A Theistic Interpretation
113
Empirical Realism and Lived Experience
129
An Aesthetic Order of Relations
145
Radical Empiricism in Metaphysical Perspective
157
Whiteheads Doctrine of Causal Efficacy
160
The Buddhist Doctrine of Pratityasamutpada and Sunyata
165
Whiteheads Critique of Substantialism and Sensationalism
168

Linguistic Empiricism
58
Neopragmatic American Empiricism
68
Radical Empiricism in Religious Perspective
83
William James and Radical Empiricism
84
Perceptual Experience and the Reinstatement of the Vague
89
Religious Experience and the More
93
Pure Experience and Affectional Facts
98
Buddhist Critique of Substantialism and Sensationalism
173
Felt Qualities in a World of Process
177
Epilogue
189
Notes
193
Index
217
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Nancy Frankenberry is Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College.

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