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University of Edinburgh (PhD)
  1. Beyond Beliefs Ideological Foundations of American Education [by] Normand R. Bernier and Jack E. Williams.Normand R. Bernier & Jack E. Williams - 1973 - Prentice-Hall.
     
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  2. Beyond Beliefs: Ideological Foundations of American Education.Normand R. Bernier & Jack E. Williams - 1973
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    Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Philosophy of Religion.Jack Williams - 2021 - Religious Studies 57 (4):634–653.
    This article proposes a new approach to employing Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy in the philosophy of religion. Rather than finding a latent theology in Merleau-Ponty – as some interpreters do – this article argues that Merleau-Ponty's later ontology can provide the basis for a philosophical anthropology which can help us understand why human beings are drawn to religion and how this is expressed in affective and ritual practice. This ontology can help us to understand the notion of freedom as it applies (...)
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    Playing Church: Understanding Ritual and Religious Experience Resourced by Gadamer’s Concept of Play.Jack Williams - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (3):323-336.
    ABSTRACTThis article uses Gadamer’s concept of play as a common lens through which both traditional church liturgy and imaginative evangelical practices of engaging with God can be understood. The category of play encompasses processes which exhibit a back-and-forth motion and functions in Gadamer’s aesthetics to describe the relationship between artwork and viewer. Through an aesthetics of play, Gadamer accounts for the presence of truth in art. As I demonstrate in this paper, liturgy displays the playful characteristics of artwork, allowing for (...)
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    The Affective Need to Belong: Belonging as an Affective Driver of Human Religion.Jack Williams - 2021 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 82 (3):280-301.
    ABSTRACT Philosophy of religion has recently made a turn to lived religion, an approach which seeks to understand lived religion as it is experienced concretely by individual practitioners. However, this turn to lived religion has seen limited engagement with the notion of belonging. Belonging here refers to the felt sense of being part of a group – of insidership – along with the development of positive social ties and mutual affective concern. It is my contention in this paper that reflection (...)
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