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Religious Experience

Wayne Proudfoot (Author)


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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.
Preface

Introduction

1. EXPRESSION

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

2. INTERPRETATION

The Hermeneutic Tradition
The Pragmatic Tradition
Understanding and Explanation

3. EMOTION

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

4. MYSTICISM

The Search for a Mystical Core
Ineffability
Noetic Quality
Anomaly and Authority

5. EXPLICATION

The "Sense" of James's Varieties
Sensible Authority
Religious Experience

6. EXPLANATION

The Problem
Descriptive and Explanatory Reduction
Protective Strategies
Force
Explaining Religious Experience

Conclusion

Notes

References
Wayne Proudfoot is Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

Award for Excellence, in the Analytic-Descriptive category, American Academy of Religion

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