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William Jamess Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations Jeremy Carrette

William Jamess Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations

Jeremy Carrette

Published May 1st 2013
ISBN : 9781134088133
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258 pages
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This book offers a radical new reading of William James s work on the idea of religion. Moving beyond previous psychological and philosophical interpretations, it uncovers a dynamic, imaginative, and critical use of the category of religion. ThisMoreThis book offers a radical new reading of William James s work on the idea of religion. Moving beyond previous psychological and philosophical interpretations, it uncovers a dynamic, imaginative, and critical use of the category of religion. This work argues that we can only fully understand James s work on religion by returning to the ground of his metaphysics of relations and by incorporating literary and historical themes.Author Jeremy Carette develops original perspectives on the influence of James s father and Calvinism, on the place of the body and sex in James, on the significance of George Eliot s novels, and Herbert Spencer s unknown, revealing a social and political discourse of civil religion and republicanism and a poetic imagination at the heart of James understanding of religion. These diverse themes are brought together through a post-structural sensitivity and a recovery of the importance of the French philosopher Charles Renouvier to James s work. This study pushes new boundaries in Jamesian scholarship by reading James with pluralism and from the French tradition. It will be a benchmark text in the reshaping of James and the nineteenth-century foundations of the modern study of religion.