Experiments with truth. A sociological variation on William James's Varieties of Religious Experience


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William James's Varieties of Religious Experience is a classic psycho-philosophical study of the experience of the sacred and of its practical effects on the ordinary life of extraordinary persons. In a pragmatic variation of Kant's proof of god's existence, James uses personal accounts of converts to empirically demonstrate that there's “something” that has causal effects on the well-being of the person. While the article is largely sympathetic to James explorations of the mystical, it offers a sociological variation on the Varieties that foregrounds the social, cultural and political aspects of religion.
Keywords William James  conversion ‐ humanism  pragmatism  religion
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DOI 10.1111/jtsb.12152
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