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A Hundred years of Psychology of Religion in Italy. The History, the Issues, the Persons

A Hundred years of Psychology of Religion in Italy. The History, the Issues, the Persons (Aletti - 2010) Scarica il testo in PDF

It is a known fact that psychology of religion has always followed the course of the history of psychology, starting from Wundt who dedicated three volumes of his Völkerpsychologie to myth and religion. Religious behavior was seen as a specific object of study and as a specific discipline since the very early writings of the “fathers” of psychology. Just to mention Edwin D. Starbuck, who already in 1899 published a volume on Psychology of religion, William James’s (1902) analysis of The varieties of religious experience, the epistemological and methodological rigor envisaged by Theodore Flournoy (1902, 1903, 1910), and the studies on adolescent religion and on the figure of Christ by Granville Stanley Hall (1904, 1917).