|Description||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.
Michael Slater is a Lecturer at Georgetown University, and beginning this Fall will be Assistant Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology at Georgetown. He is the author of two books, William James on Ethics and Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 2005, and taught as an Instructor in the Philosophy Department and the BIC at Baylor in 2005-06.|