James H. Leuba
|James Henry Leuba|
|Era||19th/20th century philosophy|
|Region||Western Philosophy and Psychology|
|Naturalism, Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Mysticism|
James Henry Leuba (1867–1946) was an American psychologist, 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. 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. 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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