Mystical Encounters With The Natural World: Experiences And Explanations

Hardcover | July 15, 2005

byPaul Marshall

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Some experiences of the natural world bring a sense of unity, knowledge, self-transcendence, eternity, light, and love. This is the first detailed study of these intriguing phenomena. Paul Marshall explores the circumstances, characteristics, and after-effects of this important but relativelyneglected type of mystical experience, and critiques explanations that range from the spiritual and metaphysical to the psychoanalytic, contextual, and neuropsychological. The theorists discussed include R. M. Bucke, Edward Carpenter, W. R. Inge, Evelyn Underhill, Rudolf Otto, Sigmund Freud, AldousHuxley, R. C. Zaehner, W. T. Stace, Steven Katz, and Robert Forman, as well as contemporary neuroscientists. The book makes a significant contribution to current debates about the nature of mystical experience.

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Some experiences of the natural world bring a sense of unity, knowledge, self-transcendence, eternity, light, and love. This is the first detailed study of these intriguing phenomena. Paul Marshall explores the circumstances, characteristics, and after-effects of this important but relativelyneglected type of mystical experience, and c...

Paul Marshall is an independent scholar with research interests in the philosophy and psychology of religion, the philosophy of mind, and the study of science and religion.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:July 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279438

ISBN - 13:9780199279432

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Table of Contents

I. The experiences1. Extrovertive mystical experience: definition and incidence2. `Being all, knowing all, loving all': phenomenology3. Sex, drugs, and Beethoven? Circumstances and consequencesII. The explanations4. Divine cosmos: encountering spirit in nature5. Empty your mind: uncovering pure consciousness6. Scholars lock horns: construction or deconstruction?7. On the couch, in the lab: pathology, psychoanalysis, neuroscience8. Mind beyond the brain: reducing valves and metaphysics9. Fashions, failures, prospects