Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 422 pages
Exploring Unseen Worlds is a critically sophisticated, yet gripping immersion into the inner worlds of one of America's foremost thinkers. It demonstrates convincingly the extent to which James's psychological and philosophical perspectives continue to be a rich resource for those specifically interested in the study of mysticism. The book focuses on James's enduring fascination with mysticism and not only unearths James's lesser-known works on mysticism, but also probes into the tacit mystical dimensions of James's personal life and uncovers the mystical implications of his decades long interest in psychical research.
 

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Contents

Establishing Foundations Ladders and Laughing Gas Phantoms and Fathers
11
An Unseen Definition of Mystical Experience
17
Jamess Mystical Germ
18
Climbing the Mystical Ladder
22
Laughing Gas Revelations
25
A Pluralistic Mystic
29
Back on the Ladder of Mystical Experience
34
The Reality of the Unseen
37
The Compounding of Consciousness
196
A Field Model of the Self and Reality
203
Beyond Words Beyond Morals The Metaphysical and Ethical Implications of Mysticism
213
The Authority of Mystical Consciousness
215
The Transformative Power of Religious Beliefs
219
The Science of Religions
224
What Sort of Oneness?
230
Mystical Nondualism
237

An Hallucinatory Interlude
41
Psychical Research
43
Lenora Piper
51
A Suggestion about Mysticism
60
On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings
66
Mystical Experience and Psychopathology
75
Saintly Fathers and Suffering Sons
78
Experiencing Unseen Worlds Towards a Jamesian Epistemology of Mysticism
89
Jamess Psychology of Emotion
91
Jamess Emphasis on Religious Experience
95
A Contemporary Critique of Jamess Theories of Religious Experience
97
Mystical Modes of Awareness
107
KnowledgeByAcquaintance and KnowledgeAbout
111
Sensing and Perceiving
121
Mystical Discoveries
125
Religious Geniuses and Cultural Change
129
Countless Radiant Windows
132
Pure Experiences and a Radical Empiricism
138
Fields within Fields within Fields Mysticism and a Jamesian Psychology of the Self
147
From the Outside In and From the Inside Out
149
Thinking through the Body and Seeing with an EverChanging I
153
How Does the I See Itself?
159
A Dome of ManyColored Glass Stains the White Radiance of Eternity
163
The Subliminal Self
170
The Psychology of Conversion
179
Salvation and the Higher Self
184
Earth Angels and Cosmic Selves
189
A Dual Allegiance
241
The Moral Holidays of Monistic Mysticism
244
A Literally Finite God
251
Beyond Oneness
257
An Experience of the Problem of Evil
261
A Spectrum Model of Ethical Life
264
Enlightened Ethics
267
Telling Truths Touching Realities Spiritual Judgments Saints and Pragmatism
273
Jamess Three Criteria
275
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
281
The MindCure Movement
288
The MindCure Movement and the Problem of Evil
293
Ripe Fruits of Religion in a Character
296
The EverChanging Value of Saintliness
304
An Examination of Jamess Assessment of Saintliness
312
Valuable Mystical Experiences or Verified Mystical Truths?
315
Prayerful Differences in Fact
324
A Pragmatic Theory of Truth
328
Worlds of Belief
333
Different Understandings of Reality
342
The CashBasis of Truth
348
Transforming Visions
355
Notes
359
Bibliography
405
Index
411
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