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Published by University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill .
Written in English


  • James, William, -- 1842-1910 -- Religion,
  • Religion -- Philosophy,
  • Experience (Religion)

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementHenry Samuel Levinson.
SeriesStudies in religion
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 311 p. ;
Number of Pages311
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23748614M
ISBN 100807814687

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In this first detailed examination of Varieties of Religious Experience, Levinson locates James securely in the academic study of religion, demonstrates James's debts to Darwin, and reconstructs the case for the supernatural that James thought so critical to his work. The author discusses the contribution that these religious interests made to James's later work and to the shaping of his. Religious investigations of William James. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, © (OCoLC) Named Person: William James; William James: Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Henry S Levinson. 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 and The lectures concerned the psychological study of individual private religious experiences and mysticism, and used Cited by: 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.

William James’ Theory of Religion (note: this short essay sets up a sort of liet-motif that carries through all the books. It is about subjectivism and anti-science).   The thoughts on religion that James sketches in the "Circumscription" guide his existential investigation through the religion of healthy-mindedness and of the sick soul and through discussions on conversion, saintliness, and mysticism. It is in his nineteenth lecture, "Other Characteristics," that James begins to address his concluding remarks.   by William James Longmans, Green, and Co., Whenever I take up and reread The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James.   entirely, and the description of man's religious constitution now fills the twenty lectures. In Lecture XX I have suggested rather than stated my own philosophic conclusions, and the reader who desires immediatelyto know them shouldturn to pages , and to the “Postscript”of the book. I hope to be able at some.

William James, writing around the end of the 19th century, sets out to take a cool look at how people experience religious feeling, basing his investigation on state-of-the-art psychological theory. What do we discover, and what do the findings tell us about the nature of religion? The Religious Investigations of William James by Henry Samuel Levinson An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.   “Varieties” in the book’s title is a bit misleading. James cataloged one type of experience: the personal; the intimate. The subtitle, “A Study in Human Nature,” is perhaps a more. Looking for books by William James? See all books authored by William James, including The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, and Pragmatism, and more on