4. The Unity of Buddhsim
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James Bissett Pratt † [+]
James Bissett Pratt (June 22, 1875 – January 15, 1944) held the Mark Hopkins Chair of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Williams College. He was president of the American Theological Society 1934–1935. Pratt attended Williams College, graduating in 1898. He subsequently studied at the University of Berlin and at Harvard University, earning his doctorate with William James in 1905. He returned to his Williams to teach and write on philosophy thereafter.
In this essay, Pratt, normally known as a scholar of Hinduism, addresses head-on the inevitable questions of coherence and consistency which arise within any religious tradition which displays striking diversity as he attempts to summarize the character of Buddhism.