April 16-James and Dewey as Theorists of Religion. A lecture by Michael Slater.April 1, 2014
April 16, 2014, from 12:20 to 1:10 in Morrison Hall 108
This talk examines the innovative accounts of religion developed by two of the most influential American philosophers of the 20th century, William James (1842-1910) and John Dewey (1859-1952). Although James and Dewey held a number of philosophical views in common, including a common commitment to pragmatism, their accounts of religion nevertheless differ markedly in several important respects. After surveying some of the basic features of their respective accounts, I will highlight some important similarities and differences between them, and conclude with a brief discussion of their contemporary relevance for thinking about the nature and function of religious faith.