Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Starbuck, E. D.

  • David C. Devonis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_118

Basic Biographical Information

Born: February 20, 1866; Died: November 18, 1947.

Starbuck was born Edward Eli Starbuck in Indiana to Quaker farmers who traced their ancestry and religion back to the original settlers of Nantucket. He underwent a conversion experience at 20 which was expected in his community, but soon afterward went to the University of Indiana and began a long process of questioning religion which led him both to the empirical study of the grounds of religious experience and also to a career as a religious educator. Starbuck studied sciences and mathematics at Indiana: One of his instructors was David Starr Jordan, who later at Stanford University provided Starbuck with his first academic position. Starbuck completed his undergraduate work in 1890 having developed a liberal and somewhat skeptical religious outlook. In fact, he referred late in life to himself and his wife as “emancipated pagans” (Booth 1981, p. 103). Ultimately, this led him to associate only...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGraceland UniversityLamoniUSA