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William James on the courage to believe

Author: Robert J O'Connell
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 1997.
Series: American philosophy series, no. 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
Summary:
William James's celebrated lecture on "The Will to Believe" has kindled spirited controversy since the day it was delivered. In this lively reappraisal of that controversy, Father O'Connell contributes some fresh contentions: that James's argument should be viewed against his indebtedness to Pascal and Renouvier; that it works primarily to validate our "over-beliefs"; and most surprising perhaps, that James  Read more...
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O'Connell, Robert J.
William James on the courage to believe.
New York : Fordham University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)645855290
Named Person: William James; William James; William James; William James; William James
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J O'Connell
ISBN: 0823217272 9780823217274 0823217280 9780823217281
OCLC Number: 36573804
Description: x, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Argument of "The Will to Believe" --
2. On Matter and Manner --
3. James and Pascal --
4. Is It "Wishful Thinking"? --
5. Outcomes and Over-beliefs --
6. The Precursive Force of Over-beliefs --
7. The Strata of the Passional --
8. The Metaphors of Belief --
Epilogue: On Becoming Humanly Wise --
App. A. "The Will to Believe" and James's "Deontological Streak" --
App. B. Faith and Facts in James's "Will to Believe" --
App. C. James's Voluntarism: Readiness, Willingness, or Will to Believe?
Series Title: American philosophy series, no. 8.
Responsibility: Robert J. O'Connell.
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