James H. Leuba

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James Henry Leuba
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Born April 9, 1868
Motiers, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Died December 8, 1946
Winter Park, Florida
Spouse(s) Bertha Aline Schopher
Era 19th/20th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy and Psychology
School Naturalism
Academic advisors G. Stanley Hall
Main interests
Naturalism, Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Mysticism

James Henry Leuba (April 9, 1868 – December 8, 1946) was an American psychologist best known for his contributions to the psychology of religion. His son Clarence James Leuba was also a psychologist and taught at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. [1]


Leuba was born in Neuchâtel Switzerland, and later moved to America. He took his Ph.D. at Clark University under G. Stanley Hall.[1] His work was marked by a tendency to explain mysticism and other religious experiences in psychological terms. Philosophically, his position may be described as naturalism.[2] His work points to similarities between religious mysticism and yoga or drug-induced mysticism; he does accept differences between these in terms of moral motivation and to what uses mysticism is put.[3] His psychological study of religion aroused opposition from churchmen.[1] He argued for a naturalistic treatment of religion, which he considered to be necessary if religious psychology was to be looked at scientifically. He was an atheist.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c McBride, Katharine E. (1947). James Henry Leuba: 1867-1946. American Journal of Psychology 60 (4): 645-646.
  2. ^ Atheist Scholar
  3. ^ PsycNET
  4. ^ Martin, Michael. (2007). The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge University Press. p. 310. ISBN 9780521842709. "Among celebrity atheists with much biographical data, we find leading psychologists and psychoanalysts. We could provide a long list, including...James Leuba..."

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