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Philosophy of Mysticism: Raids on the Ineffable

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This work is a comprehensive study of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism. Mystics claim to experience reality in a way not available in normal life, a claim which makes this phenomenon interesting from a philosophical perspective. Richard H. Jones's inquiry focuses on the skeleton of beliefs and values of mysticism: knowledge claims made about the nature of ...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by State University of New York Press
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Seekers of Unity
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Jones second work on the same subject, which is bringing philosophical analysis to bear on a range on philosophical issues in mysticism, language, ineffability, metaphysical claims, ethics etc.. I wonder how this work differs from his first and why he felt the need to rewrite it. His approach is, rightfully so, is that of a philosophical sceptic and finds mysticism wanting in many claims, but one wonders whether such a subject can be done justice by so critical an approach and whether ...more
Rita Vill
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this book for a class. Very informative about the mystical experience. Although very heavy reading. The author takes on you on many twists and turns when explaining thoroughly the differing views of mystical experiences. It seemed a little dizzying sometimes but suppose this is the nature of reading academic type books.

Overall, felt I came away with a very good idea about varying mystical experiences ranging from religious to non-religious.
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