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Practical grounds for belief : Kant and James on religion.

Williams, Neil W. and Saunders, Joe (2018) 'Practical grounds for belief : Kant and James on religion.', European journal of philosophy., 26 (4). pp. 1269-1282.


Both Kant and James claim to limit the role of knowledge in order to make room for faith. In this paper, we argue that despite some similarities, their attempts to do this come apart. Our main claim is that, although both Kant and James justify our adopting religious beliefs on practical grounds, James believes that we can—and should—subsequently assess such beliefs on the basis of evidence. We offer our own account of this evidence and discuss what this difference means for their accounts of religious belief.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Williams, Neil W. & Saunders, Joe (2018). Practical grounds for belief: Kant and James on religion. European Journal of Philosophy 26(4): 1269-1282, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:17 November 2017
Date deposited:13 December 2018
Date of first online publication:25 January 2018
Date first made open access:25 January 2020

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