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The Varieties of Religious Experience 1900–1902

William James

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Approaching religious experience as a subject of scientific study, William James used the methods he gained as a physiologist, psychologist and philosopher. Rather than basing the work on anthropological data collected personally, he used personal documents of individuals who had recorded their own experiences. The work is neither a theological treatise nor a history of religion, but rather ‘a descriptive survey’ of general tendencies shared among his subjects. Moreover, the study is not limited to a systematic explanation of the causes of individual religious experience, but focuses equally on the result of such experiences and the impact upon the person’s life.
R. Scott Spurlock
University of Edinburgh

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OnlineDover Publications, Incorporated2002
OriginalLongmans, Green and Co.1902
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Templeton Press