Mysticism and Religious Experience

Jerome Gellman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195138092
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835348 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 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.

Keywords: argument from perception; constructivism; doxastic practice approach; gender; mystical experience; naturalistic explanations; perennialism; religious diversity; religious experience

Chapter.  11566 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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