Relationship Between Science And Religion Essay

1159 Words Dec 15th, 2016 5 Pages
The relationship between the philosophies of science and religion has long been a contentious topic in both popular and scholastic discourse. While some individuals engaging in this debate suggest that the relationship between the two disciplines is one of direct opposition, others propose that the two disciplines are in fact compatible or too dissimilar to be in conflict. While this debate raged, certain academics attempted to find a way to solve the apparent conflict between science and religion. Philosopher, psychologist and physician William James was one such academic. He presented his philosophy of pragmatism as a means to bridge the divided between science and religion, as it emphasized the way in which the two disciplines can coexist as simultaneously true models of explanation because they both offer their followers predictions of future experiences and provide them with certain concrete life functions. In 1878, William James ' friend and colleague, Charles Sanders Peirce, first introduced a philosophy which would later be deemed that of pragmatism, in an essay titled "How to Make Our Ideas Clear." In this piece, Peirce introduces the pragmatic maxim by asking the audience to "consider what effects, that might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to have. Then, our conception of these effects is the whole of our conception of the object." Peirce 's statement essentially encapsulates the earlier movement of pragmatism, a…

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