Table of Contents

Introduction: The Promise of Pragmatist Philosophy of Religion..
Chapter 1: A Pragmatist Approach to Religious Realism, Objectivity, and Recognition..
Chapter 2: The Pragmatic Contextuality of Scheme (In)Dependence..
Chapter 3: Pragmatism and Critical Philosophy..
Chapter 4: Religious Truth, Acknowledgment, and Diversity..
Chapter 5: The Limits of Language and Harmony..
Chapter 6: Beyond the Theory-Practice Dichotomy..
Conclusion: Meaningful and Meaningless Suffering. This book argues that a pragmatist approach to the realism issue in the philosophy of religion (largely though not exclusively inherited from William James's classical pragmatism) is a vital starting point for a novel critical reassessment of the theodicy discourse addressing the problem of evil and suffering – both as a traditional theological issue and in its broader secular varieties. Theodicies seeking to render apparently meaningless suffering meaningful or justified from a “God's-Eye-View” ultimately rely on metaphysical realism failing to recognize the individual perspective of the sufferer. The antitheodicist view developed and defended in the book also invokes Wittgensteinian considerations regarding the nature of religious and ethical language-use, thus also revisiting the Wittgensteinian paradigm in the philosophy of religion in an unusual context.