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A Sketch on Daisaku Ikeda as a Jamesian Psychologist of Religion

Religious Studies, Sogang University, Seoul 04107, Korea
Religions 2019, 10(11), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10110607
Received: 10 October 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 31 October 2019 / Published: 2 November 2019
This essay attempts to determine whether Daisaku Ikeda can be seen as a Jamesian psychologist of religion. Concerning the development of this essay, it first focuses on a common concern that exists if we look at the work of William James and the Psychology of Religion in terms of how it exists as a distinct movement and how it is related to Ikeda’s perception of religion within a secular world. Next, this essay articulates his notion of self and the role of mediating symbols as this exists, especially in religion, in discourse, and in the arts in correspondence and relation to James’ Psychology of Religion. Finally, this essay critically raises questions that point to further developments as regards the thesis of this article. View Full-Text
Keywords: Psychology of Religion; William James; Daisaku Ikeda; religious healing; religious conversion; lesser self; greater self; religious experience Psychology of Religion; William James; Daisaku Ikeda; religious healing; religious conversion; lesser self; greater self; religious experience
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Kim, C.Y. A Sketch on Daisaku Ikeda as a Jamesian Psychologist of Religion. Religions 2019, 10, 607.

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