Will to Believe - He then incorporates free will into his...

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James: evil In William James’ writing on the metaphysical problem revolving around evil, his main thesis includes knowing the truth and avoiding error. James opens the paper by explaining three different approaches to dealing with this problem, referring to each approach as a “hypothesis,” including the following: one, that the hypothesis is dead; two that it is dead; or three, that it is either momentous or trivial. He then addresses the religious aspect, showing that morality says that some things are better than others, but that religion says that there are essentially two things that are superior to any other subject. This is affirmed with the following statements: one, that perfection is eternal, and two; each person is better off if he or she truly believes that perfection really is eternal.
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Unformatted text preview: He then incorporates free will into his argument, stating that with free will, each individual is able to make his or her own judgment on the topic, making the problem more easily relatable. James provides a different analytical approach on that particular term, however: he refers to free will as willing nature, explaining that the nature does not mean only deliberate beliefs that were prematurely formed and willingly accepted throughout ones life, but also includes the factors of belief: fear, hope, prejudice, passion, imitation and partisanship. James delves into this topic, showing the reader that because each person has a willing nature, it is truly the persons own conscience that will better differentiate and grasp the abstractness of evil, immorality, and injustice....
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PHI 102 taught by Professor Castelao-lawless during the Spring '07 term at Grand Valley State University.

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