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Hocking, William Ernest
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(Aug 10, 1873, Cleveland, OH – Jun 12, 1966, Madison, NH). Hocking initially studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State, then philosophy at Harvard. In The Meaning of God in Human Experience (1912), he attempted to synthesize the Idealism of J. Royce with the Pragmatism of W. James to develop a philosophy of religion on an empirical basis. As Alford Professor at Harvard from 1920 to 1943, he built on this beginning (Living Religious and a World Faith, 1940; The Coming World Civilization, 1956; etc.), but also addressed the political problems of the Middle Ea…

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Ludwig, Frieder, “Hocking, William Ernest”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09942>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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