William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)

Varieties of Religious Experience

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by the Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James that comprises his edited Gifford Lectures on "Natural Theology" delivered at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland between 1901 and 1902. 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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Lectures read by JoeD, preface read by musil.

  • Preface
  • Lecture I - Religion and Neurology
  • Lecture 2 - Circumscription of the Topic
  • Lecture 3 - The Reality of the Unseen
  • Lecture 4 - The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness
  • Lecture 5 - The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness
  • Lecture 6 - The Sick Soul
  • Lecture 7 - The Sick Soul
  • Lecture 8 - The Divided Self, and the Process of its Unification
  • Lecture 9 - Conversion
  • Lecture 10 part 1 - Conversion - Concluded
  • Lecture 10 part 2 - Conversion - Concluded
  • Lecture 11 - Saintliness
  • Lecture 12 - Saintliness
  • Lecture 13 - Saintliness
  • Lecture 14 - The Value of Saintliness
  • Lecture 15 - The Value of Saintliness
  • Lecture 16 - Mysticism
  • Lecture 17 - Mysticism
  • Lecture 18 - Philosophy
  • Lecture 19 - Other Characteristics
  • Lecture 20 Part 1 - Conclusions
  • Lecture 20 Part 2 - Conclusions
  • Postscript

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