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|Author's Preface||James mentions that this volume was an outgrowth of two courses of 10 lectures he delivered as a Gifford Lecturer on Nat... Read More|
|Lecture 1||James begins by saying he is neither a theologian, scholar of the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. Since his... Read More|
|Lecture 2||The word religion cannot stand for a single principle nor essence, and "religious sentiment" may be variously defined. F... Read More|
|Lecture 3||James devotes Lecture 3 to the "psychological peculiarities" seen in persons with a belief in an "unseen order." He note... Read More|
|Lectures 4 and 5||Most people believe that happiness is the chief purpose of human life, and religion can be a source of joy. James wishes... Read More|
|Lectures 6 and 7||Lecture 6 begins with a review of the healthy-minded temperament, and James mentions the Dutch philosopher Spinoza as an... Read More|
|Lecture 8||Lecture 8 continues with a discussion of the twice-born, who have two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and they mus... Read More|
|Lecture 9||Conversion is the process by which a person gains grace or receives assurance, either gradually or all at once, about th... Read More|
|Lecture 10||Lecture 10 covers in greater detail the "conversion of self-surrender," beginning with Henry Alline's account (the evang... Read More|
|Lectures 11, 12, and 13||James begins this set of lectures by reminding the reader he has embarked on an empirical inquiry for the purpose of jud... Read More|
|Lectures 14 and 15||While the previous three lectures were primarily descriptions of saintly behavior, the next two turn to appreciation of ... Read More|
|Lectures 16 and 17||James begins this chapter by asserting that personal religious experience is rooted in mystical states of consciousness.... Read More|
|Lecture 18||James now turns to the question of whether philosophy can "stamp a warrant of veracity upon the religious man's sense of... Read More|
|Lecture 19||James returns to empirical philosophy to determine the truth of religion. "The true is what works well, even though the ... Read More|
|Lecture 20||James sums up the beliefs of the religious as follows: The visible world belongs to a larger spiritual world from ... Read More|
|Postscript||James writes a postscript in an attempt to reveal his "general philosophical position," which he intends to elaborate on... Read More|