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The Problem of Pure Consciousness: Mysticism and Philosophy

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Are mystical experiences formed by the mystic's cultural background and concepts, as "constructivists" maintain, or do mystics sometimes transcend language, belief, and culturally conditioned expectations? Do mystical experiences differ throughout the various religious traditions, as "pluralists" contend, or are they somehow ecumenical? The contributors to this collection ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 29th 1990)
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This book, i guess, is an answer to the constructivist postion on mystical as put forward by Katz. Katz argued that there were no pure unmediated mystical experiences, that a persons cultural upbringing conditioned the form of religious experience they would have. This was a blow to previously held views in that scene which put forward a 'perennial philosophy' basically stating that underlying all religious paths there is a c
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