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The Varieties of Religious Experience

William James
Edited by Matthew Bradley

June 2012

ISBN: 9780199691647

480 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Drawing on psychology, philosophy, and literature, William James's classic survey of religious belief gathers testimony from a huge range of diverse sources to construct a defence of the individual religious experience. It speaks powerfully to the modern debate on atheism and faith, in the most critically up-to-date edition available.

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Drawing on psychology, philosophy, and literature, William James's classic survey of religious belief gathers testimony from a huge range of diverse sources to construct a defence of the individual religious experience. It speaks powerfully to the modern debate on atheism and faith, in the most critically up-to-date edition available.

  • The most critically up-to-date and inclusive edition of this classic survey of religious belief, embracing the interdisciplinary nature of a work that fuses philosophy, psychology, religion, and literary studies, and emphasizing its wide appeal.
  • James's work is more relevant than ever in its consideration of the effect of religious ideas on daily life, and atheists who attack religion with 'religious zeal'.
  • Introduction stresses the book's significance in the relationship between religion and culture, instituting a new approach to religious belief, discusses its ideas and their contemporary interest, as well as contextualizing the book within James's biographical, intellectual, and literary background.
  • Explanatory notes identify key figures and contexts, and provides links with James's other work.
  • Includes a completely updated index, expanded and corrected from the original index provided by Joyce in 1902.

About the Author(s)

William James

Edited by Matthew Bradley, Lecturer in English Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford

Matthew Bradley was postdoctoral research fellow for the University of Liverpool's AHRC funded project on the library of William Ewart Gladstone. He is the author of a number of articles and essays on literature and religion, including 'Religion and the Canon' for Oxford Handbook of Victorian Culture.

Reviews

"One of the seminal works of philosophy and theology." - Catholic Herald