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Submitting to Freedom : The Religious Vision of William James - Bennett Ramsey

Submitting to Freedom

The Religious Vision of William James

Hardcover Published: 14th January 1993
ISBN: 9780195074260
Number Of Pages: 192

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Ramsey presents a new analysis and interpretation of the religious views of the nineteenth-century American philosopher William James. He argues that James was primarily motivated by religious concerns in his writings and that this fact has been obscured by the artificial scholarly division of his "philosophy," "psychology," and "religion"--a symptom of the professionalization which James himself strenuously resisted in his own time. Ramsey believes that James is best understood in his historical context, as a representative of a society and culture struggling to come to terms with modernity. Much of James's religious work is a direct reflection of what has been called "the spiritual crisis of the Gilded Age," a crisis which Ramsey examines in illuminating detail. James's religious vision, in Ramsey's view, hinges on the recognition and acceptance of "contingency"--the knowledge that we are at the mercy of change and chance. With so little else to rely on, James believed, people must learn to submit freely and responsibly into one another's care. Ramsey reintroduces James's thought into the contemporary discussion, and puts forward the kind of religious alternative that James was pointing to in his work: not worship, but acquiescence in a world of mutual relations; not obedience to authority, but conversion to the freedom of responsibility.

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"Ramsey has given us a book that deserves the attention of anyone interested in William James, which should include anyone interested in American religious or intellectual history."--American Historical Review "Ramsey has given us a book that deserves the attention of anyone interested in William James, which should include anyone interested in American religious or intellectual history."--American Historical Review "Ramsey's book is an important contribution, which James scholars and historians of religion will need to take into account."--The Journal of American History "[A] fine work..."--Nineteenth-Century Prose

Introductionp. 3
The Early Years: 1865-1890
A Presence of Absencep. 17
Reweaving the Selfp. 33
The Later Years: 1890-1910
The Romance of Self-Assertionp. 59
The Self Resubmittedp. 77
Returning to Experiencep. 103
Conclusionp. 129
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780195074260
ISBN-10: 0195074262
Series: Religion in America Life (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 14th January 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39

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