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William James and Religion
A discussion on William James' work "The Varieties of Religious Experience."
# 136091 | 2,000 words | 1 source | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper considers two questions relating to the 1902 book by William James, "The Varieties of Religious Experience." In the first part, the paper considers what James believed of the Supreme Being, finding that he believed in a remarkably pluralistic system, in which the God of the Stoics was as good as the Christian God. The second part of the paper considers James' views of what was the highest good.

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"What is William James' understanding of the Supreme Being? In his book "The Varieties of Religious Experience", William James tried to present a theory that would bind the various religious experiences together. In the process of doing so, he articulated a view of religion that drew heavily from the American transcendental movement. As Eugene Taylor articulates in his introductory essay the centenary edition of "James' Varieties of Religious Experience", James thoughts on religion begin with Emerson and the beginning of transcendentalism in America. Drawing on the transcendentalist perspective, James concluded that "God, or whatever...""

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