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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James.

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James. 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.

The Varieties of Religious Experience : a Study in Human Nature, William James Página 1 de 40. This book would never have been written had I not been honored with an appointment as Gifford Lecturer on Natural Religion at the University of Edinburgh

The Varieties of Religious Experience : a Study in Human Nature, William James Página 1 de 400. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature. in filial gratitude and love. This book would never have been written had I not been honored with an appointment as Gifford Lecturer on Natural Religion at the University of Edinburgh. In casting about me for subjects of the two courses of ten lectures each for which I thus became responsible, it seemed to me that the first course might well be a descriptive one on Man’s Religious Appetites, and the second a metaphysical one on Their Satisfaction through Philosophy.

William James' treatise on religious experiences attempts to cogently explain aspects of psychology related to. .

William James' treatise on religious experiences attempts to cogently explain aspects of psychology related to mystical experiences. James was most interested in the direct experiences of people. The lectures that form this book, although with radical views at the time, was considered one of the best works of non-fiction in the 20th century for its intellectual thoughts on religious tolerance and respect.

Brother of the writer Henry James, William James (1842-1910) defined religion as ‘the feelings, acts, and .

Brother of the writer Henry James, William James (1842-1910) defined religion as ‘the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine. James, therefore, defined religion, not by the church that people attend, but by what people do in their everyday life. 3 people found this helpful.

LibriVox recording of Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James. Read by JoeD, preface recorded by musil

LibriVox recording of Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James. Read by JoeD, preface recorded by musil. These lectures concerned the nature of religion and the neglect of science, in James' view, in the academic study of religion

William James, writing around the end of the 19th century, sets out to take a cool look at how people experience religious . This isn’t quite what we would today expect from a book entitled Varieties of Religious Experience

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? For the first two or three chapters, I enjoyed it and thought it was going in a good I wanted to like this classic book, but I can't do it: too many things are wrong. A shame, because I completely approve of the idea. This isn’t quite what we would today expect from a book entitled Varieties of Religious Experience. This is a book that even finds Catholic systems of belief a bit ‘out-there’.

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, Being the Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion Delivered at Edinburgh in 1901–1902. In making little allowance for the fact that people can also be converted to vicious creeds, he acquired admirers he would have deplored. Mussolini, for instance, hailed James as a preceptor who had showed him that "an action should be judged by its result rather than by its doctrinary basis.

VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. BEING THE GIFFORD LECTURES ON NATURAL RELIGION DELIVERED AT EDINBURGH IN 1901–1902. BY. WILLIAM JAMES, L. Etc. CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE AND OF THE ROYAL PRUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 91 and 93 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK LONDON AND BOMBAY.

Lebens von William James; Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs, 1914; Barzun, Jacques, Forward to The Varieties. New York: New American Library, 1958; Nock, Arthur Darby, Introduction to The Varieties. Glasgow: Fountain Books, 1960; Niebuhr, Reinhold, Introduction to The Varieties. New York, Collier 1961; Ratner, Joseph, Introduction to The Varieties. Enlarged e. with appendices.

James's fascinating style and his broad culture and cosmopolitan outlook made him the most influential American thinker of his day. His philosophy has three principal aspects-voluntarism, pragmatism, and "radical empiricism. He construes consciousness as essentially active, selective, interested, teleological.


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Tyler Is Not Here
This book is a classic in non-fiction literature. Written in the late 1800s, and in a style characteristic of the era, the language is stilted & not easy to read. So the question whether the writing is good, excellent or poor is probably not relevant as writing styles of the late 1800s really can't be compared to more modern writing. The reader probably needs to understand this... and be willing to accommodate to this fact before tackling this book (I've seen some reviewers who attack James' style and writing as overly verbose... that it is... but that was the style of the period.) I've read this book now for the 3rd time. Much of it is still timely and relevant for the field of religion and psychology of religion (although some passages are arguably archaic & dated). James' observations (through many case studies) about human behavior were paradigm-making for the new field of psychology at the time this book was written. I continue to recommend this book to my reading friends... with the caveat that they will not find it necessarily the easiest book they've ever undertaken. On balance, it's merits, especially James' astute conclusions, outweigh negatives of style for the serious reader.
fire dancer
The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a series of 20 lectures on ‘natural religion’ that psychologist William James conducted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from 1901-1902.

Brother of the writer Henry James, William James (1842-1910) defined religion as ‘the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.’ James, therefore, defined religion, not by the church that people attend, but by what people do in their everyday life. For James, religion was not a ‘single quality’ but a ‘group of qualities’ that form actions. The lectures that form this book, although with radical views at the time, was considered one of the best works of non-fiction in the 20th century for its intellectual thoughts on religious tolerance and respect.

James draws on a number of sources, studies and themes, including a sense of the divince presence, mystical experiences, pathological unhappiness, character changes, characteristics of the faith-state, saintly life, democracy and humanity, fanaticism, cosmic consciousness, meditation, science of religions, religious leaders, and the pluralistic hypothesis. From the Quaker to the Christian, from Immanuel Kant to Walt Whitman, from the abstract to the absolute, William James ends with theoretical and practical conclusions. For example, he looks for the commonalities: ‘there is a certian uniform deliverance in which religions all appear to meet.’

This is an interesting philosophical and psychological account of religious tolerance and social cohesion, written over a hundred years ago, from the author’s circuitous lifelong pursuit of the examination of a study in human nature.
Nagor
This is one of the worst printed editions I have ever purchased. Find a different edition to buy.

The edition I am talking about in this review:
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Trinity Press (September 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619491168
ISBN-13: 978-1619491168
Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
Cover art: Sun on the horizon in the background with arm and hand in front of the sun in the foreground; all in sepia tones.

Here and there throughout the text there are typographical errors. The most common is that one sentence will end with a period and the next begin with no white space between. For the most part, just when this happens seems to be arbitrary. It does seem to occur consistently any time a sentence ends with a close quotation mark. These typographical errors happen so often that it became quite annoying to me.

Sometimes a period will appear somewhere in a running sentence, requiring several re-readings to untangle what is going on. Likewise, an opening or closing quotation mark will be left out in running text, again calling for multiple re-readings. For example on p.24 you find "The simplest functions of physiological life," he writes may be its ministers. Every one of who...[and on for nine more lines, until]...that promises to bear us towards it." This involves going back up ten lines to find the typographic error "The simplest functions of physiological life," he writes[, "]may be..." If this sort of thing happened a few times in the entire work, that would be one thing. Instead, these editorial errors happen so often that reading becomes a pain.

Just go on to the top of the next page (25) and find "...it makes our task difficult to have to deal so muck with..." It should read "deal so much with..."

Throughout James gives long quotations from primary sources. In this edition these long quotations are not set off in indented blocks as one would expect, but instead run as body text and are merely enclosed in quotation marks. Further, these long quotations are often run together with the resumption of the body text without starting a new paragraph. Again, this happens so often that it became quite annoying to me.

Given that this work has been continuously in print since 1902, there is no excuse for the editorial disaster of this edition. Further, there is no copyright page giving the information about this edition and the publisher. Is this even a legal edition?
Azago
I read the original from my local library and wanted to have my own copy. This version however does not hold a candle as it is without all the footnotes and examples that makes the original so rich.
The Varieties of Religious Experience download epub
Philosophy
Author: Jacques Barzun,William James
ISBN: 0451624866
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (April 1, 1958)