Exploring Mysticism: A Methodological Essay

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University of California Press, 1975 - Religion - 230 pages
Until less than a century ago, the two prevailing views of dreams as well as of souls were that they are inconsequential (the scientific view) or of divine origin (the religious view). In either case it was assumed that they cannot be objects of rational inquiry. Similar views still prevail regarding mystical experiences and mysticism in general. Modern Western opinion, whether friendly or hostile, holds that the mystical falls squarely within the domain of the irrational.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Alleged Irrationality of Mysticism
17
How Not to Study Mysticism
59
PHILOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL APPROACHES
71
PHENOMENOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL
92
PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
102
How to Study Mysticism 12
123
hallucinogens 1n the Rgyeda and other
201
GLOSSARY
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
223
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Frits Staal is professor of philosophy and South Asian languages at the University of California, Berkeley.