James H. Leuba

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James Henry Leuba
Born 1867
Died 1946
Era 19th/20th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy and Psychology
School Naturalism
Main interests
Naturalism, Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Mysticism

James Henry Leuba (1867–1946) was an American psychologist,[citation needed] best known for his contributions to the psychology of religion. His work in this area is marked by a reductionistic tendency to explain mysticism and other religious experiences in physiological terms. Philosophically, his position may be described as naturalism.[1] 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.[2] He argued for a naturalistic treatment of religion, which he considered to be necessary if religious psychology was to be looked at scientifically.


  • Leuba, J. H. (1909). The Psychological Origin and the Nature of Religion
  • Leuba, J. H. (1912). The psychological study of religion: Its origin, function, and future. New York: Macmillan.
  • Leuba, J. H. (1916). The belief in God and immortality. Boston: Sherman, French.
  • Leuba, J. H. (1925). The psychology of religious mysticism, New York: Harcourt, Brace. (1925 UK edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner)
  • Leuba, J. H. (1933). God or man? A study of the value of God to man, New York: Henry Holt and Company. (1934 UK edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner)

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