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William James’s Philosophy of Religion

Ellen Kappy Suckiel

Suckiel offers readers a new perspective on James. For those interested in the philosophy of religion in general,
and James’s views in particular, this work will be of considerable interest.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01115-4
200 pages
Publication Year: 1996

Ellen Kappy Suckiel is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written articles, introductions and reviews in American philosophy, and is the author of The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James (Notre Dame Press, 1982).

“Ellen Suckiel’s new book is an articulate and, on the whole, persuasive account of William James’s philosophy of religion. . . . Those previously unacquainted with the breadth, variety and depth of James’s writings on religion will find a helpful and, on the whole, balanced introduction. Those familiar with James will profit from the book’s many fresh insights.” — Religious Studies

“. . . well-argued and engaging throughout. Suckiel clearly highlights James’s ambivalence towards the way of looking at religious beliefs. Are they objectively true? Or do they only have human values? She offers . . . new and interesting discussions of some of James’s ideas. Her book offers a lot to ponder for those interested in James’s philosophy of religion.” — _Philosophy in Review

“[A] masterful and penetrating work on James’s philosophy of religion.” — The Review of Metaphysics

“This study of James’s philosophy of religion is clear, focused and straightforward . . . combining Suckiel’s own argumentation with consistently sound exegesis of what is one of the most complex aspects of James’s thought.” — Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society

“It is no surprise that William James’s philosophy continues to draw creative and critical interpretations. Ellen Kappy Suckiel’s is another such reading, but one that is neither narrowly analytic nor obtusely continental in its philosophical approach. It is fair-minded, well-documented, and sprinkled with important insights and connections to other current philosophical approaches to religion.” — The Journal of Religion

“. . . this volume . . . is a deeply religious book that offers an extended argument for the importance of religious belief grounded in the insights that James offers us. It is thus not primarily an attempt to understand James better; it is rather, an attempt to use his idas to defend the legitimacy of our religious beliefs . . . _Heaven’s Champion _is a fine volune that demonstrates our ongoing need to counteract the acids produced by our spirit of scientific rationality, lest this spirit eat away further at the luster on the mysteries of living.” — _ Metaphilosophy_

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Heaven's Champion

William James’s Philosophy of Religion

Ellen Kappy Suckiel

 Heaven's Champion

: William James’s Philosophy of Religion
Paper Edition

Suckiel offers readers a new perspective on James. For those interested in the philosophy of religion in general,
and James’s views in particular, this work will be of considerable interest.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01115-4

200 pages

“Ellen Suckiel’s new book is an articulate and, on the whole, persuasive account of William James’s philosophy of religion. . . . Those previously unacquainted with the breadth, variety and depth of James’s writings on religion will find a helpful and, on the whole, balanced introduction. Those familiar with James will profit from the book’s many fresh insights.” — Religious Studies

“. . . well-argued and engaging throughout. Suckiel clearly highlights James’s ambivalence towards the way of looking at religious beliefs. Are they objectively true? Or do they only have human values? She offers . . . new and interesting discussions of some of James’s ideas. Her book offers a lot to ponder for those interested in James’s philosophy of religion.” — _Philosophy in Review

“[A] masterful and penetrating work on James’s philosophy of religion.” — The Review of Metaphysics

“This study of James’s philosophy of religion is clear, focused and straightforward . . . combining Suckiel’s own argumentation with consistently sound exegesis of what is one of the most complex aspects of James’s thought.” — Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society

“It is no surprise that William James’s philosophy continues to draw creative and critical interpretations. Ellen Kappy Suckiel’s is another such reading, but one that is neither narrowly analytic nor obtusely continental in its philosophical approach. It is fair-minded, well-documented, and sprinkled with important insights and connections to other current philosophical approaches to religion.” — The Journal of Religion

“. . . this volume . . . is a deeply religious book that offers an extended argument for the importance of religious belief grounded in the insights that James offers us. It is thus not primarily an attempt to understand James better; it is rather, an attempt to use his idas to defend the legitimacy of our religious beliefs . . . _Heaven’s Champion _is a fine volune that demonstrates our ongoing need to counteract the acids produced by our spirit of scientific rationality, lest this spirit eat away further at the luster on the mysteries of living.” — _ Metaphilosophy_