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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

William James Martin E. Marty Martin E. Marty

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Penguin Classics
28 April 1983
Religion: general; Psychology; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Standing at the crossroads of psychology and religion, this catalyzing work applied the scientific method to a field abounding in abstract theory. William James believed that individual religious experiences, rather than the precepts of organized religions, were the backbone of the world's religious life. His discussions of conversion, repentance, mysticism and saintliness, and his observations on actual, personal religious experiences - all support this thesis. In his introduction, Martin E. Marty discusses how James's pluralistic view of religion led to his remarkable tolerance of extreme forms of religious behaviour, his challenging, highly original theories, and his welcome lack of pretension in all of his observations on the individual and the divine.
By:   William James
Introduction by:   Martin E. Marty
Edited by:   Martin E. Marty
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780140390346
ISBN 10:   0140390340
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   28 April 1983
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Older brother of novelist Henry James, William James (1842-1910) was a philosopher, psychologist, physiologist, and professor at Harvard. James has influenced such twentieth-century thinkers as Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermans, Michel Foucault, and Julia Kristeva.

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