Title

Radical empiricism, intersubectivity and the importance of praxis in the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Philosophy and Social Criticism

ISSN

0191-4537

Volume

40

Issue

3

First Page

289

308

Publication Date

3-2014

Abstract

The philosophy of Gabriel Marcel is informed by the classical tradition of American philosophy – most notably William James, William Ernest Hocking and Josiah Royce. At a time when Marcel scholarship is at risk of being eclipsed by abstract modes of philosophical discourse, a return to the classical American sources of Marcel's thought is vital. This article investigates Marcel's thought from the standpoint of James’ conception of radical empiricism, the primacy of intersubjective experience in Hocking’s philosophy, and the importance of praxis in the later Royce. Marcel’s openness to the classical American tradition in philosophy is a function of the Catholic character of Marcel’s thought.

Publication Information

Rodick, D. W. (2014). Radical empiricism, intersubectivity and the importance of praxis in the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 40(3), 289-308. doi:10.1177/0191453713520165