Mysticism and Religious Experience

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This chapter discusses (1) wide and narrow definitions of "mystical experience" and of "religious experience"; (2) categories and attributes of mystical experience; (3) perennialism vs. constructivism; (4) on the possibility of experiencing God; (5) epistemology: The doxastic practice approach and the argument from perception; (6) criticisms of the doxastic practice approach and the argument from perception; (7) religious diversity; (8) naturalistic explanations; and (9) mysticism, religious experience, and gender.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199835348
ISBN (Print)9780195138092
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2005


  • Argument from perception
  • Constructivism
  • Doxastic practice approach
  • Gender
  • Mystical experience
  • Naturalistic explanations
  • Perennialism
  • Religious diversity
  • Religious experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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