Religious Experience, Justification, and History by Matthew C. BaggerReligious Experience, Justification, and History by Matthew C. Bagger

Religious Experience, Justification, and History

byMatthew C. Bagger

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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Recently, many philosophers of religion have sought to defend the rationality of religious belief by shifting the burden of proof onto the critic of religious belief. Some have appealed to extraordinary religious experience in making their case. Religious Experience, Justification, and History restores neglected explanatory and historical considerations to the debate. Through a study of William James, it contests the accounts of religious experience offered in recent works. Through reflection on the history of philosophy, it also unravels the philosophical use of the term justification. Matthew Bagger argues that the commitment to supernatural explanations implicit in the religious experiences employed to justify religious belief contradicts the modern ideal of human flourishing.
Title:Religious Experience, Justification, and HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521093252

ISBN - 13:9780521093255


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: spectral evidences; 2. The explanation in experience and the explanation of experience; 3. Justification by reasons alone; 4. Perennialism revisited; 5. The miracle of minimal foundationalism; 6. Loves noble Historie: Teresa of Avila's mystical theology; 7. Modernity and its discontents; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Matthew Bagger's Religious Experience, Justification, and History is an important contribution to the burgeoning literature on "mysticism" and religious experience...there is much to recommend about this book - to begin with, it is a treasure of philosophical review on these issues..." The Journal of Religion