The varieties of religious experience a study in human nature is a book by the harvard psychologist and philosopher william james comprising 20 lectures given at the university of edinburgh in scotland 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. Varieties is a wonderfully written exploration of the psychology of individual religious experience whether within or without organized religion by one of americas greatest philosophers and psychologists it includes lots of interesting case studies and lots of insight major topics conversion saintliness mysticism and jamess illuminating distinction between healthy minded religion and that of the sick soul fun fact the panicky melancholic frenchman near the end of the . The varieties of religious experience a study in human nature by dickinson s miller see all hide authors and affiliations science 22 aug 1902 vol 16 issue 399 pp 301 305 doi 101126 science16399301 article info metrics eletters pdf this is a pdf only article the first page of the pdf of this article appears above science vol 16 issue 399 22 august 1902 table of . The varieties of religious experience a study in human nature being the gifford lectures on natural religion delivered at edinburgh in 1901 1902 by william james longmans green and co new york london bombay calcutta and madras 1917
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