The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

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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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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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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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