The Varieties Of Religious Experience / Edition 2

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Overview

First published in 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience initiated the psychological study of religion, paving the way for Freud and Jung as well as for clinical and paranormal branches of psychology. Written with humour and erudition, its theories of conversion, saintliness, ecstasy and mysticism continue to provoke controversy and inquiry. The book remains the best introduction to James's thought, demonstrating his characteristic insistence upon the importance of personal experience and his almost devotional respect for the mysteries of the human mind. Richly illustrated with personal accounts of belief and possession, intoxication and near-death experience, it is of central importance not simply to an understanding of religions, but to modern psychology and psychiatric medicine.
The Routledge Centenary Edition, entirely reset from the original 1902 edition, is prefaced with a specially commissioned foreword by the author's grandson, Micky James, and with new introductions from James specialists Eugene Taylor and Jeremy Carrette. It also includes a new and expanded index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415278096
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 740,924
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

William James (1842-1910), the brother of the novelist Henry James, was the founder of experimental psychology in America, and of the philosophy of pragmatism. The Varieties of Religious Experience is his best-known work.
Eugene Taylor of the Harvard Medical School is an internationally recognised expert on the life and work of William James, and is the author of William James on Consciousness beyond the Margin (Princeton, 1996) and William James on Exceptional Mental States (Scribner's, 1982).
Jeremy Carrette lectures on the psychology of religion at the University of Stirling, and is the author of Foucault and Religion (Routledge, 2000)

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Table of Contents

Preface from the 1902 Edition Lecture 1. Religion and Neurology Lecture 2. Circumscription of the Topic Lecture 3. The Reality of the Unseen Lecture 4 and 5.The Religion of Healthy-Mindness Lecture 6 and 7. The Sick Soul Lecture 8. The Divided Self, and the process of its Unification LEcture 9. Conversion Lecture 10. Conversion-Concluded. Lectures 11, 12 and 13. Saintliness Lectures 14 and 15. The Values of Saintliness Lectures 16 and 17. Mysticism Lectures 18. Philosophy Lecture 19. Other Characterisitcs Lecture 20 Conclusions Postscript Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    The triumph of the twice -born soul

    This work collects together religious experience from a wide diversity of cultures.It presents the remarkable personal transformations of a good share of mankind's most remarkable souls.One of them is James himself who recounts anonymously the story of his own depression and mental struggle.This book touches many areas of thought and study, psychology , philosophy, mystical perception, religious experience and thought .It does have its general conclusion in which James does try to summarize the twice - born experience, and the experience of one who has met God ( at least in their own perception ) and lived to tell the tale. James seems to feel that in terms of doctrinal conclusions most of the people somehow take out what they have already come in with, but in a new revived way. From the point of view of Jewish religious thought which is what I have most studied it seems to me there is a clear distinction between Jewish mystical religious encounter, and much other.And this because Jewish thinkers are very reluctant to argue that there has been a complete union with God but always tend to feel that God 's transcendent dimension remains supreme. In any case this is one of the great books of religious thought and cannot come more highly recommended.James writes very clearly with a real sense of the reader's need to understand what is being written about.My guess is that in this he worked very hard as he did in other aspects of his life to act in a way much different from that ethereal and somewhat confused and confusing Swedenborgian mystic, his father. Who reads this book not only reads a man, but reads much of what is in the religious soul and aspiration of Mankind.

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