Contained within this rare text is a lecture on the subject of human immortality. This lecture is a constituent of the The Ingersoll Lectureship, founded by Miss Caroline Haskell Ingersoll after she left 5000 dollars to Harvard University with the instructions that a series of lectures were to be read annually on the topic of human immortality in memory of her father. An enthralling treatise on the possibility of conscious immortality, this antiquarian text will greatly appeal to those interested in the topic and constitutes a valuable addition to any collection of such texts. William James (1842 – 1910) was an American psychologist and philosopher, most famous for being the first person to offer a psychology course in the United States. Originally published in 1898, this rare text is proudly republished here with a new introductory biography of the author.