William James Pragmatism And Modern Human Religiousity

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Ridha Ahida


This research discussed William James Pragmatism and human religiosity. The object of this research was pragmatism as the theory of truth and theory of meaning and pragmatism is meant as something praxis, not something theoretical. Pragmatism is considered as radical empiricism and the acknowledgment of pluralities, kinds of religion, religion and it’s the practical benefit. This research used a philosophical approach to discover William James pragmatism and modern human religiosity. This research employed philosophical theory about pragmatism and psychology theory on religion-related to modern human religiosity. The finding of this research indicated that religion is needed by a human to regulate their lives to survive the life here in this world and the lives hereafter. Humans should feel the benefit of religion in their lives. The modern world which seems to be mechanistic and scientific tends to be unprevailing with religion which is metaphysics and spiritual. The problem of plurality doesn’t exclusively belong to the theologians, it also becomes a debatable topic for other groups like a philosopher, and in this research, it is a concern of pragmatics. To the pragmatics, religion is closely related to humans' lives along with Gods and the whole universe. Although humans literally reject truth in religion, it is difficult for them to spiritually deny that they need religion in their lives. William James is one of the philosophers who had a deep interest in religion and scrutinized religion through his pragmatism concept. He didn’t only question the truth in religion, more importantly, he also discussed the effect of a religion on humans’ live, which is one of the important factors that clarify the truth in religion.

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