The Varieties of Religious Experience Analysis

Historical Context

James’s Contemporaries
Alfred Adler (1870–1937), an Austrian psychiatrist, began his studies with Sigmund Freud but...

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Literary Style

Since The Varieties of Religious Experience was originally delivered in the form of spoken lectures, the style of writing is dictated...

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Compare and Contrast

1910s: Buddhism becomes popular in the West. Zen Buddhism is spread through the presentations of Japanese Zen leader D. T. Suzuki....

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Topics for Further Study

James did not put a lot of faith in organized religion, but rather in the personal experience of religious inspiration. Focus on his...

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Media Adaptations

An audiotape of James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience, narrated by Flo Gibson and published in 2001, is available from Audio...

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The Varieties of Religious Experience What Do I Read Next?

A reading of Bruce Kuklick’s collection William James: Writings 1902–1910 (1988) offers a comprehensive understanding of the range...

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Bibliography (Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Carrette, Jeremy, ed. William James and “The Varieties of Religious Experience”: A Centenary Celebration. New York: Routledge, 2005. A collection of more than a dozen scholarly essays examining James and the history of psychology; James, psychology, and religion; and James and mysticism. Illustrated; bibliographical references, index.

James, William. The Meaning of Truth. New York: Longmans, Green, 1909. This is James’s more mature and systematic position on truth, which is quite relevant to his suggestions at the end of the present work and The Will to Believe....

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The Varieties of Religious Experience Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Ferrari, Michel, Introduction, in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 9, No. 9–10, 2002, pp. 1–10.

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