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on 7 April 2018
A great study spoilt by poor formatting...

This kindle version of William James’ fabulous study into the varieties of religious experience does not have an active TOC. It is therefore rather pointless, as it is impossible to manoeuvre between chapters and sections in the book. One star.
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on 3 March 2014
This book could have been written yesterday. James's view of spirituality is as a sort of superhuman monism...
He blend the mysticism of the East and the saintly asceticism if the West into a single whole to show how we can connect to something 'other' - the overwhelming consciousness of selfless love we call God. He does not shy away from its aberrations or excesses; nor does he avoid the question of when mysticism bridges into insanity. Rather he notices that the intense subjectivity of consciousness reveals other ways of being, that are equally 'real' however long they last. Consciousness is a 'sense'. Just as suddenly seeing the ultraviolet spectrum would be an insight into a different, parallel, but 'true' reality, so spiritual enlightenment even triggered by near death experiences or deep meditation can be a bridge into something real. It"s measured, wise and provocative. Great read.
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on 29 August 2017
Text written in 3 columns across each page rendering completely impractical to read.. returned at own expense for refund
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on 19 November 2014
This is not a book, this is one of these 'photo copy' uglies, with many, many errors. I am disgusted and feel really cheated.

On the first page it states that the book was Printed in the USA. followed by, First Printing !!!!!!!!!!!

On the last page it states, Printed in Great Britain by Amazon.uk. Ltd.

What is Amazon up to? Surely this is very shoddy trading.
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on 19 September 2014
Written in the convoluted and abstruse scholastic English of the 19th Century. Although it does have some gems of insight it takes an awful lot of work to find them. Sometimes, sub-clauses are nested inside sub-clauses so before you get to the end of a paragrah length sentence I had completely lost the thread. Also some words have changed their connotation, which is why I'm now working on a contemporary English paraphrase. Watch this space!
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on 28 March 2018
Still the best most intelligent and readable book on the religious sensibility ,free of trivial arguement and shallow thought.
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on 10 October 2014
An important publication by one of the founding members of psychology usefully republished in our own time. The style of the writing is somewhat difficult to read in our own times but is a valued contribution to our understanding.
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on 19 April 2018
Classic text, vital for many students. However, this version has no publishing reference and is therefore useless for academic work
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on 9 January 2013
Once again one of the forgotten figures of 20th century . His eminence fading into the shadows of history. An author , who should be read in this day and age, to help dismantle the barriers of religious rigidity. An understanding of the fallacy , that has emerged into modern psychology, that one can be enlightened without acknowledging the reality of spirituality
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on 14 October 2014
I have returned the book as it is too much like research and too dense for me.
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