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Jackie Wileman William James I. During his time at Harvard, it was evident that he was just as philosophical a thinker as  he was a scientific one a. His hopes was to contribute to a “science of religion” yet understood the spiritual  experience to be inaccessible to science because it was a subjective phenomenon  b. During a materialist­atheist stage of his life he willed himself to overcome his  depressed temperament, great insights came with his troubled emotional state i. here lay beginning thoughts on importance of will—determined by force  of will he could overcome his depressive disposition c. During his time at Harvard, it was evident that he was just a philosophical a  thinker as he was a scientific one—he combined philosophy, psychology, and  religion to study the mind and soul i. materialist scientist could advocate the free will to believe; as practical  moralist, looking for way to develop ones will power d. He hoped to contribute to a “Science of religion” yet understood the spiritual  experience to be inaccessible to science because it was a subjective phenomenon II. Works pertaining to his ideas a. Pragmatism (1907) – expound a theory of truth he hoped to use to escape  insoluble disputes between philosophers; wants to submit every belief and  preconceived idea to bar of common senses and practical experience—in exercise  of will humans show most noble qualities i. Tough minded thinker: skeptical, empiricist, materialist, determinist, not  religious ii. tender minded thinker: dogmatic, apriori, idealist, believer in free will,  religious, optimistic/committed to freedom III. excerpt from The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, on the chapter regarding "The Will to Believe" (IX) Jackie Wileman a. aims to show how and why moral skeptics wouldn't accept an answer to a moral  question regardless of how logical the given answer is b. 1)moral questions do not have time to wait for sensible proof as it regards matters  "of what is good, or would be good if it did exist" 2) science, "tell us what exists”  through her, “infinite ascertainment of fact and correction of false belief” c. science and psychology collide in this excerpt, as it tries to explain neither is  better than the other, but that it depends on the person’s beliefs and experiences,  and because every person’s are different, it would be useless to compare the two  (or even your opinions to that of someone else’s)  i. The excerpt overall makes a case for each of us: we have the right to  believe whatever it is we believe because our heart, soul, body, and mind  have told, and decided, for each of us that our reality is true because it is  ours  From section IX, putting quotes together to summarize the excerpt: “The question of having  moral beliefs at all or not having them is decided by our will If your heart does not want a  world of moral reality, your head will assuredly never make you believe in one When we stick  to it that there is truth (be it of either kind), we do so with our whole nature, and resolve to stand or fall by the results.”


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