Mysticism Examined: Philosophical Inquiries into Mysticism

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 304 pages
Mysticism presents a challenge to anyone who is interested in fundamental questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, and how we should live. In this book the author examines questions posed by mysticism. He clarifies the nature of the claims advanced by Western and Asian mystics, and explores the beliefs and values of classical mystical ways of life for their interconnections and reasonableness. Jones discusses whether all mystical experiences and all mystical claims of knowledge are similar, and examines the relation of concepts and experiences in mystics' claims. Also presented are standards for evaluating competing mystical claims, and mystics' problems with language. Whether mystics' arguments are rational is investigated along with the relation of moral and non-moral values and the role of beliefs and values in enlightened mystics' ways of life. Mysticism's relation to the enterprises of science, theology, psychology and ethics is also examined.
 

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Contents

Experience and Conceptualization in Mystical Knowledge
19
Knowledge and Unknowing in the Isa Upanisad
47
Rationality and Mysticism
59
The Nature and Function of Nagarjunas Arguments
79
A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Utterances
101
Concerning Joseph Needham on Taoism
127
The Religious Irrelevance of the Ontological Argument
149
Concerning Carl Jung on Asian Religious Traditions
169
Must Enlightened Mystics Be Moral?
187
Theravada Buddhism and Morality
217
Notes
245
Selected Bibliography
287
Index
301
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