Metaphysical Intimacy and the Moral Life: The Ethical Project of The Varieties of Religious Experience
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1):116-153 (2007)
This essay seeks to contribute to our understanding of William James's ethics by reexamining a classic text— The Varieties of Religious Experience—that is not usually read in an ethical light. It shows that James develops an ethics of human flourishing in Varieties, which he grounds in a "piecemeal supernaturalist" cosmology and account of human nature. It also shows that, under the terms of James's view, religious and ethical issues are fundamentally interconnected, and leading a religious life is a necessary (though not a sufficient) condition of maximal human flourishing. Overall, I show that for James the highest degree of human flourishing can be achieved only through the experience of metaphysical intimacy, or the self's harmonious relationship or unification with "a wider self."
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Michael R. Slater (2007). Metaphysical Intimacy and the Moral Life: The Ethical Project Of. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1).
William James (2004). The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. Simon & Schuster.
Michael R. Slater (2009). William James on Ethics and Faith. Cambridge University Press.
Jeremy R. Carrette (ed.) (2005). William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. Routledge.
Sami Pihlström (2006). Review: Lynn Bridgers. Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience: James's Classic Study in Light of Resiliency, Temperament, and Trauma. Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (3):454-458.
G. William Barnard (2005). Pt. 3. James and Mysticism. For an Engaged Reading : William James and the Varieties of Postmodern Religious Experience / Grace M. Jantzen ; Asian Religions and Mysticism : The Legacy of William James in the Study of Religions / Richard King ; James and Freud on Mysticism / Robert A. Segal ; Mystical Assessments : Jamesian Reflections on Spiritual Judgments. [REVIEW] In Jeremy R. Carrette (ed.), William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. Routledge
Jeremy Carrette (2005). Pt. 2. James, Psychology and Religion. Listening to James a Century Later : The Varieties as a Resource for Renewing the Psychology of Religion / David M. Wulff ; the Varieties, the Principles and Psychology of Religion : Unremitting Inspiration From a Different Source / Jacob A. Belzen ; Passionate Belief : William James, Emotion and Religious Experience. [REVIEW] In Jeremy R. Carrette (ed.), William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. Routledge
William James (1902/2002). The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature: Being the Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion Delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902. Dover Publications.
Michel Ferrari & Carol M. Okamoto (2003). Moral Development as the Personal Education of Feeling and Reason: From James to Piaget. Journal of Moral Education 32 (4):341-355.
Flavia Stara (2008). Reading William James. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 37:283-291.
Doug Anderson (2003). Respectability and the Wild Beasts of the Philosophical Desert: The Heart of James's. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17 (1):1-13.
Jaime Nubiola & Izaskun Martínez (2003). The Reception of W. James in Spain and Unamuno's Reading of Varieties. Streams of William James 5 (2):7-9.
Lynn Bridgers & John R. Snarey (2003). From Father to Son: Generative Care and Gradual Conversion in William James's Writing ofThe Varieties. Journal of Moral Education 32 (4):329-340.
Sonu Shamdasani (2005). Part 1. James and the History of Psychology. Metaphysics and Consciousness in James's Varieties : A Centenary Lecture / Eugene Taylor ; Psychologies as Ontology-Making Practices : William James and the Pluralities of Psychological Experience. In Jeremy R. Carrette (ed.), William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. Routledge
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads22 ( #167,204 of 1,792,816 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #90,655 of 1,792,816 )
How can I increase my downloads?