William James on the Courage to Believe

Fordham University Press (1984)
Abstract
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.
Keywords Philosophy  Belief and doubt
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Call number B945.J23.W536 1997
ISBN(s) 0823217272   0823211088   0823217280   9780823217281   0823211088 (hard)
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