The Varieties of Religious Experience

Author: William James

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191627321

Category: Religion

Page: 480

View: 1795

'By their fruits ye shall know them, not by their roots.' The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) is William James's classic survey of religious belief in its most personal, and often its most heterodox, aspects. Asking questions such as how we define evil to ourselves, the difference between a healthy and a divided mind, the value of saintly behaviour, and what animates and characterizes the mental landscape of sudden conversion, James's masterpiece stands at a unique moment in the relationship between belief and culture. Faith in institutional religion and dogmatic theology was fading away, and the search for an authentic religion rooted in personality and subjectivity was a project conducted as an urgent necessity. With psychological insight, philosophical rigour, and a determination not to jump to the conclusion that in tracing religion's mental causes we necessarily diminish its truth or value, in the Varieties James wrote a truly foundational text for modern belief. Matthew Bradley's wide-ranging new edition examines the ideas that continue to fuel modern debates on atheism and faith. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

Author: William James

Publisher: Xist Publishing

ISBN: 1681950898

Category: Religion

Page: 389

View: 3575

The Best Nonfiction Masterpiece of the 20th Century? “There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other.” - William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is not a book about a specific religion. The author, psychologist Williams James does not try to convince the reader one religion is better than the other. He doesn’t even make a case for atheism and the scientific approach. The book is in fact about human nature and how we experience religion at a psychological level. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

William James

In the Maelstrom of American Modernism : a Biography

Author: Robert D. Richardson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618919895

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 622

View: 5567

Incorporating information from previously unpublished letters, family records, and journals, a definitive portrait of the influential philosopher, educator, and psychologist follows William James from his youth and his relationship with other members of his brilliant family to his masterful contributions to the modernist movement, mysticism, education, and other fields. Reprint.

William James and The Varieties of Religious Experience

A Centenary Celebration

Author: Jeremy Carrette

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134316925

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5657

William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience was an intellectual landmark, paving the way for current study of psychology, philosophy and religious studies. In this new companion to the Varieties, key international experts provide contemporary responses to James's book, exploring its seminal historical importance and its modern significance. Locating the Varieties within the context of James's other works and exploring James's views on psychology, mysticism, religious experience, emotion and truth, the sixteen articles offer new analyses of the Varieties from the perspectives of postcolonial theory, history, social theory and philosophy. As the only critical work dedicated to the cross-disciplinary influence of The Varieties of Religious Experience, this book testifies to William James's genius and ongoing legacy.

Religious Experience

Author: Wayne Proudfoot

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520908505

Category: Religion

Page: 290

View: 9874

How is religious experience to be identified, described, analyzed and explained? Is it independent of concepts, beliefs, and practices? How can we account for its authority? Under what conditions might a person identify his or her experience as religious? Wayne Proudfoot shows that concepts, beliefs, and linguistic practices are presupposed by the rules governing this identification of an experience as religious. Some of these characteristics can be understood by attending to the conditions of experience, among which are beliefs about how experience is to be explained.

A Variety of Religious Experience

A Study in Human Nature

Author: William James

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986439527


Page: 252

View: 8085

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 in Scotland in 1901 and 1902. The lectures concerned the nature of religion and the neglect of science in the academic study of religion

The Meaning of Truth

Author: William James

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1605204269

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

View: 9412

Why is real-world experience vital to a mature appreciation of any philosophical system? Why is the search for objective truth a trickier proposition than it seems at first glance? American psychologist and philosopher WILLIAM JAMES (18421910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University, author of such works as Principles of Psychology (1890) and The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902), and one of the most influential academics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, in a series of essays first published in book form in 1909, and considered a sequel to his series of lectures collected in Pragmatism (also available from Cosimo), James explores these questions as he discusses: [ the function of cognition [ humanism and truth [ the relation between knower and known [ the essence of humanism [ the meaning of the word truth [ the absolute and strenuous life [ and more.

Writings, 1902-1910

Author: William James

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9780940450387

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1379

View: 8530

Examines the role of religion in human lives, the nature of the universe, truth, pragmatism, war, politics, and metaphysics

Cosmic Consciousness

A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

Author: Richard Maurice Bucke

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1557094993

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 114

View: 6842

In one of the classic books on the mystical experience, Buck outlines the development of various faculties in the history of man and the growth of an individual. He believes we are witnessing a continuous psychical revolution and that people like Buddha and Jesus, to name a couple, are the forerunners of the beings who will eventually inhabit the earth.

Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals

Author: William James

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486158489

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

View: 1153

Still-vital lectures on teaching deal with stream of consciousness, education and behavior, native and acquired reactions, habit, association of ideas, attention, memory, acquisition of ideas, perception, will, and more. 2 black-and-white illustrations.

The Essential William James

Author: William James,John R. Shook

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781616144395

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 422

View: 3269

This well-organized compilation covers the primary topics for which James is still closely studied: the nature of experience; the functions of the mind; the criteria for knowledge; the definition of truth; the ethical life; and the religious life.


Author: William 1842-1910 James

Publisher: Wentworth Press

ISBN: 9781363727049

Category: History

Page: 78

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The Briefer Course

Author: William James

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486120953

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 2954

Classic text examines habit, consciousness, self, discrimination, the sense of time, memory, perception, imagination, reasoning, instincts, volition, much more. This edition omits the outdated first nine chapters.

William James and a Science of Religions

Reexperiencing The Varieties of Religious Experience

Author: Wayne Proudfoot

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231132042

Category: Religion

Page: 138

View: 4545

The "science of religion" is an important element in the interpretation of William James's work and in the methodology of the study of religion. An authority on pragmatism and the philosophy of religion, Wayne Proudfoot and a stellar group of contributors from a variety of disciplines including religion, philosophy, psychology, and history, bring innovative perspectives to James's work. Each contributor focuses on a specific theme in The Varieties of Religious Experience and suggests how James's treatment of that theme can fruitfully be brought to bear, sometimes with revisions or extensions, on current debate about religious experience.

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

A Personal View of the Search for God

Author: Carl Sagan

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143112624

Category: Religion

Page: 284

View: 9692

Published to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's death, a volume based on his famous "Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology" presents a detailed exploration of the relationship between religion and science as well as Sagan's personal effort to understand the nature of the sacred in the cosmos. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.