The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature – by William James (1902)

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James. It comprises his edited Gifford Lectures on natural theology, which were delivered at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland between 1901 and 1902. The lectures concerned the psychological study of individual private religious experiences and mysticism, and used a range of examples to identify commonalities in religious experiences across traditions.

Soon after its publication, Varieties entered the Western canon of psychology and philosophy and has remained in print for over a century.

James later developed his philosophy of pragmatism. There are many overlapping ideas in Varieties and his 1907 book Pragmatism.


Table of Contents

Lecture 1: Religion and Neurology
Lecture 2: Circumscription of the Topic
Lecture 3: The Reality of the Unseen
Lecture 4-5: The Religion of Healthy Mindedness
Lecture 6-7: The Sick Soul
Lecture 8: The Divided Self, and the Process of Its Unification
Lecture 9: Conversion
Lecture 10: Conversion – Concluded
Lecture 11-12-13: Saintliness
Lecture 14-15: The Value of Saintliness
Lecture 16-17: Mysticism
Lecture 18: Philosophy
Lecture 19: Other Characteristics
Lecture 20: Conclusions

Product details

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 284 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1439297274
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1439297278
  • Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7 x 0.71 x 10 inches

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