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Title: William James : science, truth and religion
Author: Omar, M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis argues that William James's view of science is crucial for an understanding of his position on such philosophical questions as truth and religious belief. It attempts to show how he assimilated certain doctrines of science, in particular, positivist science, within his pragmatic philosophy. The aim throughout is to show how his views on such fundamental questions can be better understood and evaluated. This thesis is divided into three parts. Part One is an exploration of the main elements of James's view of science. The discussion includes an examination of James's account of scientific method and his stance on such concepts as hypothesis, scientific theories and laws. Part Two examines James's theory of truth. It attempts to show how his theory of truth can be formulated in terms of two conditions, those of verifiability and satisfactoriness, of which the latter is contingent on the former. Part Three is an analysis of the main characteristics of James's philosophy of religion. It investigates his treatment of questions relating to religion from his pragmatist standpoint.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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