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The Demons of William James

Religious Pragmatism Explores Unusual Mental States

Authors: Ruetenik, Tadd

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  • Blends historical context with current practices of demonology, exorcism
  • Engages the concept of demonology, considering how alien possession becomes a contemporary form of demon possession
  • Much like demon possession, it is a book of many voices residing in one body
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About this book

This book is a psychological exploration of unusual minds, a religious exploration of demonological myth, and a philosophical exploration of the reaches of pragmatism. It uses topics such as hypnotism, mediumship, and mass possession to argue for a comprehensive understanding of the demonic that acknowledges not only the creativity which it encourages, but also the danger it can bring. Professor Ruetenik uses James’ religious pragmatism to evaluate the relevance of psychical research, and to explain common beliefs regarding demons, spirits, and other controlling personalities.

The conclusion of this interdisciplinary research is as alarming as it is fascinating: When exploring the demons of William James, we discover that ordinary personality cannot be clearly separated from what we consider the demonic.

About the authors

Tadd Ruetenik is Professor of Philosophy at St. Ambrose University, USA.

Reviews

“Ruetenik accomplished his goal of revealing the ambiguous nature of the demon, … the interdisciplinary approach makes it more accessible. I would recommend it to anyone interested in religious experiences, James, or Spiritualism in general.” (Courtney Lacy, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, May 22, 2019)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91623-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91622-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $74.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06269-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Demons of William James
Book Subtitle
Religious Pragmatism Explores Unusual Mental States
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91623-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91623-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91622-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06269-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 169
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