Varieties of Religious Experience
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A key work in the burgeoning field of psychology, William James's Varieties of Religious Experience probes value systems and faith across a number of contexts. How do we attach meaning or belief in an object's power? Does a religious movement or a work of art hold power over us because of something specific about the nature of the movement's leader or the artist? What is the value of happiness and the harm of discontent? These and other vast questions are explored in the hope of rational answers for a modern world. This key text is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, sociology, or religious studies as these fields were taking shape and evolving at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
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 ...Back to top
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