Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 1997

223 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823217281

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William James on the Courage to Believe.

Robert J. O'Connell

A Fordham University Press Publication

William James' celebrated lecture on The Will to Believehas 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 natureas intervening, not after, but before and throughout, our intellectual weighing of the evidence for belief.


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