The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James
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.
The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book comprised of 20 lectures given at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. These lectures concerned the nature of religion and the neglect of science, in James' view, in the academic study of religion. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy, and has remained in print for over a century.
Enlarged edition with appendices and introduction by Joseph Ratner.
Copyright New Matter 1963 by University Books, Inc.
Condition: Yellowing of pages due to age. Penciled writing on title page (see photos). Some fraying, scratches, and wear on cloth cover. No dust jacket. Otherwise excellent condition.