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How is religious experience to be identified, described, analyzed and explained? Is it independent of concepts, beliefs, and practices? How can we account for its authority? Under what conditions might a person identify his or her experience as religious? Wayne Proudfoot shows that concepts, beliefs, and linguistic practices are presupposed by the rules governing this identification of an experience as religious. Some of these characteristics can be understood by attending to the conditions of experience, among which are beliefs about how experience is to be explained.
The Priority of the Affective Mode: Schleiermacher's On Religion
The Feeling of Absolute Dependence: The Christian Faith
Religious Language as Expression
Expression and Thought
The Hermeneutic Tradition
The Pragmatic Tradition
Understanding and Explanation
Hume and the Traditional Theory
Aristotle on Emotion
A Philosophical Critique of the Traditional View
A Psychological Critique of the Traditional View
A Classic Conversion Experience
Attribution of Causes
The Search for a Mystical Core
Anomaly and Authority
The "Sense" of James's Varieties
Descriptive and Explanatory Reduction
Explaining Religious Experience
Wayne Proudfoot is Professor of Religion at Columbia University.
Award for Excellence, in the Analytic-Descriptive category, American Academy of Religion