The Significance of Religious Experience

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OUP USA, Sep 13, 2012 - Religion - 240 pages
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This book is collection of published and unpublished essays on the philosophy of religion by Howard Wettstein, who is a widely respected analytic philosopher. Over the past twenty years, Wettstein has attempted to reconcile his faith with his philosophy, and he brings his personal investment in this mission to the essays collected here. Influenced by the work of George Santayana, Wittgenstein, and A.J. Heschel, Wettstein grapples with central issues in the philosophy of religion such as the relationship of religious practice to religious belief, what is at stake in the debate between atheists and theists, and the place of doctrine in religion. His discussions draw from Jewish texts as well as Christianity, Islam, and classical philosophy. The challenge Wettstein undertakes throughout the volume is to maintain a philosophical naturalism while pursuing an encounter with God and traditional religion. In the Introduction to this volume, Wettstein elucidates the uniting themes among the collected essays.

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Howard Wettstein has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside since 1989. He held previous positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota, Morris. He held visiting professorships at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. At the University of California, Riverside, Wettstein was Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the University Honors Program. He is the author of two previous books on philosophy of language, and has edited many collections.

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