Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion

2015.03.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael R. Slater, Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 207pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.03.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael R. Slater, Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 207pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107077270. Reviewed by G. Scott Davis, University of Richmond This book is refreshingly upfront in its goal of sketching "a contemporary pragmatist defense of the legitimacy of religious faith or, more specifically, of supernatural religious beliefs and practices." (6) This is coupled with the slightly different task of showing "how pragmatism can support robust, tolerant, and intellectually respectable forms of religious belief, ones which -- to paraphrase James -- neither begin nor end by turning supernatural religious commitments out of doors." (131) Taken together, Michael Slater's project turns on making credible the following claims: 1.     Some religious traditions depend, for their identity, on the truth of "supernatural" claims. 2.     Those traditions define themselves in. . .

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