Book Club: William James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience”

Thursday, August 20th 2009 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 20th 2009 at 8:00 pm
Muhlenberg Library, 209 W. 23rd St (7th Ave.), Third Floor, New York, NY 10021

This classic came about as the result of psychologist/philosopher James' revolutionary 1902 lecture series at The University of Edinburgh, which consisted of two courses of 10 lectures each. In the series, James examines in detail the nature of religion, mysticism, "saintliness," and, above all, the universal commonalities of the nature of religious experience, expanding on pragmatism in the process. As part of the canon of modern philosophy and psychology, these lectures are both classic and still strikingly relevant today.

The discussion -- followed by Thai food at Pongsri for the hungry and/or conversational -- will be led by SHSNY Book Club Editor Elaine Lynn. Join us even if you haven't finished reading. The book club is open to all ... and free! Every meeting is a book swap, too. Bring the books gathering dust on your shelves and take your pick of other readers' castaways. The leftovers? Donated to the Muhlenberg.

Directions to the Muhlenberg Library, 209 West 23rd Street (at 7th Ave.): 1 train to 23rd St. & 7th Ave., F or V to 23rd & 6th, C or E to 23rd & 8th; #23 or #20 bus to 23rd & 7th. Parking garages at 170 and 101 West 23rd. The library has an elevator to the 3rd floor Community Room.