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Read online The Varieties of Religious Experience.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Varieties of Religious Experience Being the Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion Delivered in Edinburgh I am neither a theologian nor a scholar learned in the history of religions nor an anthropologist Psychology is the only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed To the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mental constitution It would seem therefore as a psychologist the natural thing for me would be to invite you to a descriptive survey of those religious propensities When Wm James went to the University of Edinburgh to deliver a lecture series on natural religion he defined religion as the feelings acts amp experiences of individual men in their solitude so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine Considering religion then not as it s defined by or takes place in the churches but as it s felt in everyday life he undertook a project that upon completion stands not only as one of the most important texts on psychology not only as a vitally serious contemplation of spirituality but for many one of the best works of nonfiction written in the th century Reading i The Varieties of Religious Experience i it s easy to see why Applying his analytic clarity to religious accounts from various sources he elaborates a pluralistic framework in which the divine can mean no single quality it must mean a group of qualities by being champions of which in alternation different men may all find worthy missions It s an intellectual call for serious religious tolerance indeed respect the vitality of which remains undiminished by William James

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The Will to Believe, Human Immortality and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, Writings, 1902-1910, The Writings of William James, The Principles of Psychology, Vol 1, The Meaning of Truth, The Varieties of Religious Experience, The Principles of Psychology Vol 2, Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism and Other Writings
The writings of William James represent one of America s most original contributions to the history of ideas Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism Pragmatism grew out of a set of lectures and the full text is included here along with The Meaning of Truth Psychology The Will to Believe and Talks to Teachers on Psychology, No description available, In his introduction to this collection John McDermott presents James s thinking in all its manifestations stressing the importance of radical empiricism and placing into perspective the doctrines of pragmatism and the will to believe The critical periods of James s life are highlighted to illuminate the development of his philosophical and psychological thought br br The anthology features representive selections from i The Principles of Psychology The Will to Believe i and i The Variety of Religious Experience i in addition to the complete i Essays in Radical Empiricism i and i A Pluralistic Universe i The original edition of i Pragmatism i is included as well as classic selections from all of James s other major works Of particular significance for James scholarship is the supplemented version of Ralph Barton Perry s i Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of William James i with additions bringing it up to, A profoundly influential figure in American psychology William James was also a philosopher of note who used Charles S Peirce s theories of pragmatism as a basis for his own conception of that influential philosophy For James this meant an emphasis on radical empiricism and the concept that the meaning of any idea philosophical political social or otherwise has validity only in terms of its experiential and practical consequences br James propounded his theories of pragmatism in this book one of the most important in American philosophy In a sense he wished to test competing systems of thought in the marketplace of actual experience to determine their validity i e whether adopting a particular philosophical theory or way of looking at the world makes an actual difference in individual conduct or in how we perceive and react to the varieties of experience In these pages James not only makes a strong case for his own ideas but mounts a powerful attack against the transcendental and rationalist tradition br For anyone interested in William James or the history of American philosophical thought Pragmatism is an essential and thought provoking reference In this handy inexpensive edition it will challenge and stimulate any thinking person