• Prymat emocji w religii? Williama Jamesa ujęcie doświadczenia religijnego

Prymat emocji w religii? Williama Jamesa ujęcie doświadczenia religijnego

Henryk Machoń
Google Scholar Henryk Machoń


The primacy of emotion in religion? William James's concept of religious experience


In his fundamental book, The Varieties of Religious Experience 1902, which enjoyed considerable attention  among philosophers, psychologists, as well as religious studies specialists, William James, in the title itself, indicates his perception of the phenomenon of religious experience as extremely diverse. However, carrying distinctive elements of pragmatism and also James's theory of emotion called James-Lange theory, the religious experience is here understood primarily  as a strongly emotional phenomenon. Although James did not acknowledge the existence of specifically  religious emotions,  he considered emotions to be the most essential/ significant within the religious experience. The purpose of this paper is to present James’s concept of religious experience from the perspective of such characteristics as privacy, directness/immediacy or nobleness. An attempt   undertaken here is to look at the essence of religion in the form of a religious experience through   the reference to James's original theory of experience.


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