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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.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The book was an immediate bestseller upon its publication in June 1902. The Varieties of Religious Experience is certainly the most notable of all books in the field of the psychology of religion and probably destined to be the most influential written on religion in the twentieth century. Reflecting the pluralistic views of philosopher William James, it posits that individual religious experiences, rather than the tenets of organized religions, form the backbone of religious life.

The Varieties of Religious Experience : a Study in Human Nature, William James Página 10 de 400. sorts of peculiarities which are ordinarily classed as pathological. Often, moreover, these pathological features in their career have helped to give them their religious authority and influence.

ГлавнаяЗарубежная классикаWilliam JamesThe Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human . To pass now to religious phenomena, take the melancholy which, as we shall see, constitutes an essential moment in every complete religious evolution.

ГлавнаяЗарубежная классикаWilliam JamesThe Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. Уменьшить шрифт (-) Увеличить шрифт (+). William James The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. Take the happiness which achieved religious belief confers. Take the trance-like states of insight into truth which all religious mystics report. 8 These are each and all of them special cases of kinds of human experience of much wider scope.

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE A Study in Human Nature. W i l l i a m J a m e s p. 2b. CONTENTS. Impossible to make our definitions sharp- We must study the more extreme cases-Two ways of accepting the universe- Religion is more enthusiastic than philosophy- Its characteristic is enthusiasm in solemn emotion- Its ability to overcome unhappiness- Need of such a faculty from the biological point of view.

To us Americans, the experience of receiving instruction from the living voice, as well as from the books . Bent as we are on studying religion's existential conditions, we cannot possibly ignore these pathological aspects of the subject.

To us Americans, the experience of receiving instruction from the living voice, as well as from the books, of European scholars, is very familiar. At my own University of Harvard, not a winter passes without its harvest, large or small, of lectures from Scottish, English, French, or German representatives of the science or literature of their respective countries whom we have either induced to cross the ocean to address us, or captured on the wing as they were visiting our land. We must describe and name them just as if they occurred in non-religious men.

A Study in Human Nature is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James. He believed that religious experiences were simply human experiences: "Religious happiness is happiness. Religious trance is trance. The lectures concerned the nature of religion and the neglect of science in the academic study of religion.

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

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

The book is in fact about human nature and how we experience religion at a psychological level.

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.

The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature, written by legendary author William James, is widely considered to be one of the greatest classic texts of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by William James is highly recommended. Published by Classic Books International and beautifully produced, The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.
Frey
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.
Jairani
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.
Eng.Men
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?
JUST DO IT
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.
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