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William James on the Courage to Believe

O'Connell, Robert J.

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ISBN 10: 0823211088 / ISBN 13: 9780823211081
Published by Fordham University Press, 1984
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Title: William James on the Courage to Believe

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Publication Date: 1984

Book Condition: Good

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William James’ 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’ 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 envisages our “passional nature” as intervening, not after, but before and throughout, our intellectual weighing of the evidence for belief.

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Based on William James' celebrated lecture, 'The Will to Believe', this lively reappraisal features James' arguments on the willingness to believe.

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