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William James on Mystical Experience

A Level: AQA • Edexcel • OCR • WJEC

A detailed investigation into William James's key ideas on mystical experience, including how they work, and why they're important. This lesson provides a brief biography of William James, and covers the text of The Varieties of Religious Experience. This includes discussion of the four qualities of mystical experience (i.e. ineffability, noetic quality, transiency and passivity), and how mystical experience supports the argument for the existence of God.