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Harris, James F. (James Franklin) 1941-

Overview
Works: 14 works in 98 publications in 1 language and 3,400 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Academic theses  Terminology 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BD221, 149
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Most widely held works by James F Harris
The ascent of man : a philosophy of human nature by James F Harris( )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Harris takes as his point of departure Plato's comment that in learning what a thing is we should look to the ways in which it acts upon or is acted upon by other things. In developing this theory, the book commits to a methodological naturalism and draws upon current views from the social and biological sciences. The cluster theory represents one of the very few completely novel theories of human nature developed in the post-Darwin era and will prove most useful in dealing with philosophical questions involving such contemporary issues as cloning, cybernetics, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life." "The fundamental conceptual issue is the question of how plastic and elastic is the nature of human nature. Just how different might we imagine human beings to be and still be human in the sense that we still possess whatever it is that accounts for a unique nature? The theory of human nature developed in this book is a descriptive, dynamic, bottom-up, non-essentialist, naturalist theory. The work is well versed in classical philosophy and contemporary behavioral science. It is written in a graceful, open-ended way that both educates and illuminates the renewed interest in being human."--Jacket
Against relativism : a philosophical defense of method by James F Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent decades have witnessed the extraordinary growth of radical relativism, a doctrine which now dominates the entire culture, from popular music to journalism and from religion to school curricula. According to the radical relativist creed, any proposition can be true or false in relation to a chosen framework, the evaluation of fundamental theories or 'paradigms' is beyond argument, there are no universal standards of rationality, and, methodologically, 'Anything goes!'. As James Harris explains in Against Relativism, the new relativism undoes the work of the Enlightenment and inevitably leads to the conclusion that Galileo was wrong to insist that the Earth indeed moves. Succor for relativism has come from many philosophical schools, both Analytic and 'Continental'. Among the sources of the new relativism are the collapse of Logical Positivism and the shift within anthropology from a linear evolutionary model to numerous models for understanding human culture. In this detailed critique, Professor Harris has selected the strongest and most plausible arguments for relativism within contemporary academic philosophy. He turns the techniques of relativism against relativism itself, showing that it is ultimately self-refuting or otherwise ineffectual. He demonstrates that Quine's rejection of the analytic-synthetic distinction appeals to the very analytic truths Quine tries to dispel; that Kuhn's celebrated account of paradigms must be either self-refuting or unintelligible; that Rorty cannot avoid presuppposing the epistemological principles he attacks; and that (although feminist criticisms of science exert a welcome corrective) attempts to develop a distinctively 'feminist science' are misconceived and unhelpful to feminism. In all these discussions, the author explains the arguments he is criticizing, for the benefit of the non-specialist reader, so that this work can serve as a partisan but fair introduction to some of the most important of present-day philosophical debates
Philosophy at 33 1/3 rpm : themes of classic rock music by James F Harris( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The serpentine wall : the winding boundary between church and state in the United States by James F Harris( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Serpentine Wall is chronologically structured. It begins with a history of ideas approach to the European backgrounds and colonial American experiments in theocracy and freedom of religion. It covers pre-modern American debates about religious freedom among the founding generation right up through the nineteenth century. The final section of the book focuses on the separation of church and state and how this has become a matter determined by the Supreme Court. --from publisher description
Analyticity : selected readings by James F Harris( Book )

14 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logic, God, and metaphysics by James F Harris( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The title of this volume -- Logic, God and Metaphysics -- is carefully chosen and, at the same time, descriptive of its main focus. In the twentieth century, the interests of most philosophers and theologians have fallen into only one of the three areas indicated -- logic, god or metaphysics. Since much of Anglo-American philosophy in this century has been analytic and antimetaphysical because of the influence of positivism, there have been few attempts at continuing metaphysical inquiry. In the early part of the century, the logical atomists combined logic and metaphysics by arguing that the structure of reality is mirrored isomorphically in the structure of a formal, logically perfect, truth-functional language, but their effort was short-lived. Alfred North Whitehead and process philosophers have focused upon god and metaphysics but usually by adopting terminology and distinctions which are unique to certain systems -- making rigorous, logical analysis difficult or impossible. The papers included in this volume are illustrative of the application of careful, rigorous logical analysis (and sometimes logical systems) to do critical philosophy of religion and what has been called constructive metaphysics
Analytic philosophy of religion by James F Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book should prove to be an invaluable resource and reference for both scholars and students interested in any problem in the area of analytic philosophy of religion. Analytic Philosophy of Religion is a thorough examination of the major issues that have occupied twentieth-century Anglo-American, analytic philosophy of religion and the positions that have been developed by the major figures in the field. The author also develops his own critical reactions to these positions and, in many cases, his own positions as well. Attention is focused on what have proven to be the enduring, major problems of analytic philosophy of religion: the development and nature of analytic philosophy, the problem of religious language, the nature of God, arguments for the existence of God, religious experience, religious epistemology, religion and science, the problem of evil, naturalism and humanism, religion and ethics, and religious pluralism. For contents and a free preview for all three volumes: www.new-in-philosophy.com
The book of classic American whiskeys by Mark H Waymack( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Single-malt whiskies of Scotland : for the discriminating imbiber by James F Harris( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethics and academics by James F Harris( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical analysis of Ian T. Ramsey's treatment of the problem of the meaningfulness of religious language by James F Harris( )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Analyticity and the "a priori" : some traditional theories, recent objective suggestions by James F Harris( )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Measuring the Self-Assessed Presence of the Essential Features of PBIS in West Virginia Schools by James F Harris( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Philosophy at 33 and a third rpm: themes of classic rock music by James F Harris( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Against relativism : a philosophical defense of method
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Against relativism : a philosophical defense of methodLogic, God, and metaphysicsAnalytic philosophy of religionThe book of classic American whiskeysSingle-malt whiskies of Scotland : for the discriminating imbiber
Alternative Names
Harris, James

Harris, James F.

Harris, James F. 1941-

Harris, James F. Professor für Philosophie 1941-

Harris, James Franklin

Harris, James Franklin 1941-

Harris, James Franklin Professor für Philosophie 1941-

Languages
English (96)