Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance

Abstract : For Emerson, the crisis of belief is solved by a renewed trust in an almighty self, whereas for William James, the will to believe is thought of as an issue to the crisis of the self. Yet in both cases, the self “on which a universal reliance may be grounded” proves unstable and divided, and cannot be trusted. From Transcendentalism to Pragmatism, this study follows the relation of the self to its beliefs through a complex pattern of composition/decomposition and reflects on Emerson’s and James’s writing as a form of thinking.
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Thomas Constantinesco. Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance . Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, Paris : Association Française d'études américaines, 2014, Transferts du religieux, 141, pp.56-68. ⟨10.3917/rfea.141.0056⟩. ⟨hal-01378890⟩

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