Father of pragmatism, brother of novelist Henry James and student of religion, science and philosophy (with a penchant for the paranormal), William James unwittingly established himself as a benchmark in all three disciplines and paved the way for modern psychology and psychiatric medicine as we know it today. Varieties
continues to provoke both controversy and enquiry, more than 100 years after its publication. James's psychological analysis of religious experience in the arenas of conversion, sainthood, ecstasy and mysticism remains a worthy standard with which all new theories must contend, though not necessarily agree. His use of personal accounts (including Whitman, Tolstoy, Bunyan and numerous case studies) hook the reader, and in general, add credibility (as if his reputation wasn't enough). In short, it's a classic, so we offer it here. It's also a great price.
An Eighth Day View:
'Is life worth living? Yes, a thousand times yes when the world still holds such spirits as Professor James.' - Gertrude Stein
A classic of American thought, William James The Varieties of Religious Experience is an extraordinary study of human spirituality in all its forms and one of the most profound works of Psychology ever written. When the book was published in 1902 the study of the human mind was a thrillingly new field of scientific enquiry: James was one of the first to seriously examine the psychology of religious faith and where he led, both Jung and Freud would follow. Yet for all its historical significance, this is a book full of humanity, wit and some deeply personal stories of revelation, religious devotion and mystical experience.
The Routledge Classics edition of The Varieties of Religious Experience makes available in paperback for the first time the Centenary Edition published by Routledge in 2002 with new introductions on the historical and contemporary significance of James work and a foreword by the author s grandson, Micky James.