Aspects in Contexts: Studies in the History of Psychology of Religion

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Jacob A. Belzen
Rodopi, 2000 - Religion - 299 pages
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Psychology of religion has been enjoying considerable attention of late; the number of publications and people involved in the field is rapidly increasing. It is, however, one of the oldest branches within psychology in general, and one of the few in which an interdisciplinary approach has been kept alive and fostered. The fate of the field has been quite varied in the countries where psychology of religion has been initiated and developed during the 20th century. In this volume, some aspects of this international history are examined. Coming from six different Western countries, each of the contributors has a record in the historiography of psychology and profound knowledge of psychology of religion. Their approaches combine elements from the history of mentalities, the social history of science and biographical studies. The volume contains in-depth treatments of such topics as the growth of the field as reflected in university politics, developments within international organizations, and the personal involvement of contributors to the field. A wealth of information is provided on the background of the work of well known psychologists of religion like James Henry Leuba, Oskar Pfister, Gordon Allport, Werner Gruehn, Antoine Vergote and others.

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Notes on the contributors
James Henry Leuba A Reassessment of
The Psychology of Religion at the Crossroads Oskar Pfisters
On the Early Reception
Gordon Allports pre1950 Writings on Religion
Villiam Granbaek and the Dorpat School Elements of
The Failure of Second Naivete Some Landmarks in the History
The Identity of the Psychology of Religion A Swedish

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Page 15 - The habitus, a product of history, produces individual and collective practices - more history - in accordance with the schemes generated by history. It ensures the active presence of past experiences, which, deposited in each organism in the form of schemes of perception, thought and action, tend to guarantee the 'correctness' of practices and their constancy over time, more reliably than all formal rules and explicit norms
Page 15 - ... a system of lasting, transposable dispositions which, integrating past experiences, functions at every moment as a matrix of perceptions, appreciations, and actions...

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Jacob A. Belzen has earned doctorates in Social Sciences, History, and Philosophy. He is a Professor of Psychology of Religion at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). He has published widely on the psychology of religion, especially on its history and foundations.

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