The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1896 - Belief and doubt - 332 pages
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Review: The Will to Believe, Human Immortality, and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

User Review  - Alex Kartelias - Goodreads

I would say the first three essays- the will to believe, is life worth living and the sentiment of rationality- are his best. In the will to believe, James gives a practical justification for having ... Read full review

Review: The Will to Believe, Human Immortality, and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

William James is that great thinker who seems to possess a common sense that reveals what utter BS the received "common sense" of day-to-day life is. His positions are sane, reasonable, and at the ... Read full review

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Page 150 - With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead, And there of the Last Harvest sowed the Seed: And the first Morning of Creation wrote What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read.
Page 160 - Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits — and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!
Page 74 - Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth, And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of the creation is love...
Page 229 - They parted - ne'er to meet again! But never either found another To free the hollow heart from paining They stood aloof, the scars remaining, Like cliffs, which had been rent asunder; A dreary sea now flows between; But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder, Shall wholly do away, I ween, The marks of that which once hath been.
Page 25 - There are, then, cases where a fact cannot come at all unless a preliminary faith exists in its coming. And where faith in a fact can help create the fact, that would be an insane logic which should say that faith running ahead of scientific evidence is the 'lowest kind of immorality' into which a thinking being can fall.
Page 62 - These then are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Page 215 - It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it ? neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? but the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Page 163 - Past utterance and past belief, And past the blasphemy of grief, The mysteries of nature's heart,— And though no muse can these impart, Throb thine with nature's throbbing breast, And all is clear from east to west.
Page 44 - Despicable biped ! what is .the sum-total of the worst that lies before thee ? Death ? Well, Death ; and say the pangs of Tophet too, and all that the Devil and Man may, will or can do against thee ! Hast thou not a heart ; canst thou not suffer whatsoever it be ; and, as a Child of Freedom, though outcast, trample Tophet itself under thy feet, while it consumes thee ? Let it come, then ; I will meet it and defy it...
Page 26 - saving remnant' alone.) So proceeding, we see, first, that religion offers itself as a momentous option. We are supposed to gain, even now, by our belief, and to lose by our nonbelief, a certain vital good. Secondly, religion is a forced option, so far as that good goes. We cannot escape the issue by remaining sceptical and waiting for more light, because, although we do avoid error in that way if religion be untrue, we lose the good, if it be true, just as certainly as if we positively choose to...

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THE WILL TO BELIEVE by William James An Address to the ...
'The Will to Believe,' accordingly, is the title of my paper. I have long defended to my own students the lawfulness of voluntarily adopted faith; ...
falcon.jmu.edu/ ~omearawm/ ph101willtobelieve.html

Teaching James's "The Will to Believe"
In his lecture “The Will to Believe,” William James (1842-1910) announces to his audience that his purpose will be to present “a justification of faith, ...
www.scsr.nevada.edu/ ~axtell/ teachingjames.html

Jaroslav Pelikan and The Need for Creeds | The Maasai Creed ...
If this title, "The Will to Believe and the Need for Creed," were to be ... For its first member, "The Will to Believe," was the title of lecture that was ...
speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/ programs/ pelikan/ pelikan-willtobelieve.shtml

Notes on The Will to Believe
William James, "The Will to Believe". -An address that James delievered to the Philosophy Clubs of Yale and Brown Universities. First published in 1896. ...
www.des.emory.edu/ mfp/ jwilltobelievenotes.html

The Will to Believe by William James
The Will to Believe. (Nineteenth Century) The life of William James ... The Will To Believe.[2] In the recently published Life by Leslie Stephen of I ...
www.philosophyarchive.com/ text.php?era=1800-1899& author=William%20James& text=The%20Will%20to%20Believe

Ex Post Facto » Blog Archive » William James, “The Will to Believe”
Although he called this essay “The Will to Believe,” he later wished that he had called it “The Right to Believe,” as he was essentially defending the ...
expostfacto.historytools.org/ william-james-the-will-to-believe/

Jennifer Welchman - William James's "The Will to Believe" and the ...
William James's "The Will to Believe" has been criticized for offering untenable arguments in support of belief in unvalidated hypotheses. ...
muse.jhu.edu/ journals/ transactions_of_the_charles_s_peirce_society/ v042/ 42.2welchman.html

William James: "The Will to Believe"
and therefore confront the option of accepting that I can and make the leap or failing to accept that I can, or as in "The Will to Believe" I ask myself ...
davidhildebrand.org/ teaching/ handouts/ willtobelieve.php

William James. The Will To Believe: an outline
THE WILL TO BELIEVE. WILLIAM JAMES. Bob Corbett An Outline 1980. This text can be found in many anthologies. It is a widely re-printed and circulated essay. ...
www.webster.edu/ ~corbetre/ philosophy/ misc/ james.html

The Will to Believe
"The Will to Believe" is a defense of religious faith in particular, although James gives examples to suggest that his views have somewhat broader scope. ...
www.princeton.edu/ ~grosen/ puc/ phi203/ will.html

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