Uncertainty and God: a Jamesian pragmatist Approach to uncertainty and ignorance in science and religion

This article picks up from William James's pragmatism and metaphysics of experience, as expressed in his “radical empiricism,” and further develops this Jamesian pragmatist approach to uncertainty and ignorance by connecting it to phenomenological thought. The Jamesian pragmatist approach avoid...

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Published in:Zygon
Main Author: Petersen, Arthur C. 1970-
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 2014
In:Zygon
Year: 2014, Volume: 49, Issue: 4, Pages: 808-828
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B James, William 1842-1910 / Ignorance / Insecurity / Religion / Science
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Summary:This article picks up from William James's pragmatism and metaphysics of experience, as expressed in his “radical empiricism,” and further develops this Jamesian pragmatist approach to uncertainty and ignorance by connecting it to phenomenological thought. The Jamesian pragmatist approach avoids both a “crude naturalism” and an “absolutist rationalism,” and allows for identification of intimations of the sacred in both scientific and religious practices—which all, in their respective ways, try to make sense of a complex world. Analogous to religious practices, emotion and the metaphysics of experience play a central role in science, especially the emotion of wonder. Engaging in scientific or religious practices may create opportunities for individuals to realize that they are co-creators of the world in partnership with God, in full awareness of uncertainty and ignorance and filled with the emotion of wonder.
ISSN:0591-2385
Contains:In: Zygon
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12138