Eugene Taylor (psychologist)

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Eugene Irvine Taylor
Born28 October 1946
Philadelphia, PA
Died30 January 2013
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alma materSouthern Methodist University, Boston University
Scientific career
FieldsHistory & Philosophy of Psychology & Religion
InstitutionsCambridge Institute of Psychology and Religion, Saybrook University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
Academic advisorsHenry Murray

Eugene Taylor (1946–2013) was a scholar on William James and a professor of psychology at Saybrook University and Harvard University.


Taylor was educated at Southern Methodist University and Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University (PhD in the History and Philosophy of Psychology). He was the 1983 William James Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.[1] Taylor died in 2013 and was the subject of many remembrances and obituaries.[1][2][3][4] Taylor held the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) and was the founder the Harvard Aikido Club in 1981 and a shidoin (instructor) in the United States Aikido Federation.[5] In 1993 he founded the Cambridge Institute of Psychology and Comparative Religions; was a founding member of The New Existentialists;[6] and was the Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Swedenborgian Churches (see Church of the New Jerusalem (Cambridge, Massachusetts)).[7] Dr. Taylor was Senior Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (appointed official historian) and Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.[8]

Taylor was known for the size and scope of his personal library of an estimated 8000 volumes.[9]


Books authored or edited by Taylor include

  • Taylor, Eugene (1983). William James on exceptional mental states. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0684179385. OCLC 9532853.
  • Taylor, Eugene (1999). Shadow culture : psychology and spirituality in America. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint. ISBN 1887178805. OCLC 40762674.
  • Taylor, Eugene (2009). The mystery of personality : a history of psychodynamic theories. New York: Springer. ISBN 9780387981031. OCLC 310401002.


  1. ^ a b "Eugene Taylor, Professor of Psychology, has passed away". January 30, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Mendelowitz, Ed (2014). "The Centrifugal Mind: Requiems for Eugene Taylor (1946–2013) and Joseph Roth (1894–1939)". The Humanistic Psychologist. 42 (1): 117–120. doi:10.1080/08873267.2014.891910.
  3. ^ Ghaemi, Nassir. "Eugene Taylor in Memoriam: The Karma of William James". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Buchanan, David (February 14, 2013). "The Reincarnation of William James: Eugene Taylor, R.I.P." The Partially Examined Life. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Harvard Aikido Instructors
  6. ^ The New Existentialists
  7. ^ The Messenger 234(1) Swedenborgian Church of North America (January 2012) (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2015
  8. ^ Kemp, H. V. (2013) Eugene Irvine Taylor
  9. ^ John Kaag, "Haunted by Spirits", 23 November 2015, on