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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (Penguin American Library)

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This collection defining documents from one of America's most influential thinkers presents Pragmatism in its entirety, James's seminal set of lectures in which he argues in his witty and limpid style for the "reasonableness of ordinary experience." Also gathered here are selections from James's other formative works, including The Meaning of Truth, Psychology, The Will to Believe, and Talks to Teachers on Psychology.

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Marked by a rare combination of penetrating thought and virtuosic style, the writings of William James represent one of America's most original contributions to the history of ideas. Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism. This collection presents Pragmatism in its entirety, James's seminal set of lectures in which he argues in his witty and limpid style for the "reasonableness of ordinary experience." Also gathered here are selections from James's other formative works, including The Meaning of Truth, Psychology, The Will to Believe, and Talks to Teachers on Psychology. Throughout these essays the fecund power of imagination is restored to the operations of rationality by James, whom George Santayana hailed as "an impulsive poet: a master in the art of recording or divining the lyric quality of experience."

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William James was a member of the generation that founded American psychology and philosophy. In this classic work, he turned his attention to the psychology of religion, examining such phenomena as conversion, repentance, mysticism, and saintliness.

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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.

Martin Marty, one of today’s most respected theologians, is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, where the Martin Marty Center has been founded to promote public religion endeavors. His more than fifty books include Modern American Religion. He is a winner of the National Book Award and was the first religion scholar to receive the National Humanities Medal.

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Introduction by Martin E. Marty

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KIER8, June 4, 2008 (view all comments by KIER8)
A pioneering study on the psychology of religion James'
work became a classic and has been required reading in many college philosphy and psychology courses. It was and still is an eye-opener to many theological seminary students. See for yourself.
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9780140390346
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Marty, Martin E.
Author:
Marty, Martin E.
Editor:
Marty, Martin E.
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James, William
Author:
Marty, Martin E.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Philosophy and religion
Subject:
Philosophy of nature
Subject:
Psychology, Religious
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Experience (religion)
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Experience
Subject:
Conversion
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Philosophy General
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Paperback / softback
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Penguin American Library
Series Volume:
39
Publication Date:
19821231
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TRADE PAPER
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from 12
Language:
English
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576
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7.66x5.10x1.05 in. .84 lbs.
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from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Marked by a rare combination of penetrating thought and virtuosic style, the writings of William James represent one of America's most original contributions to the history of ideas. Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism. This collection presents Pragmatism in its entirety, James's seminal set of lectures in which he argues in his witty and limpid style for the "reasonableness of ordinary experience." Also gathered here are selections from James's other formative works, including The Meaning of Truth, Psychology, The Will to Believe, and Talks to Teachers on Psychology. Throughout these essays the fecund power of imagination is restored to the operations of rationality by James, whom George Santayana hailed as "an impulsive poet: a master in the art of recording or divining the lyric quality of experience."
"Synopsis" by , William James was a member of the generation that founded American psychology and philosophy. In this classic work, he turned his attention to the psychology of religion, examining such phenomena as conversion, repentance, mysticism, and saintliness.
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