Human Affairs 24 (1):103-111 (2014)

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Is pragmatism, as focused on a future considered producible by our finite actions, ill equipped to analyze religion ; is it unable, as Stanley Cavell writes, to sufficiently explore “skepticism” and negativity? This paper argues that William James succeeds in pragmatically re-thematizing “Erlösungswissen”, and that Josiah Royce—who develops a post-pragmatic, pragmaticist concept of; religion—carefully re-investigates “negativity”, in a Peirce-inspired mode, by focusing on the “mission of sorrow”
Keywords pragmatism  philosophy of religion  “Erlösungswissen”  “mission of sorrow”  Stanley Cavell  Max Scheler  William James  Josiah Royce
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DOI 10.2478/s13374-014-0209-x
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