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Religious Experience, Justification, and History - Matthew C. Bagger

Religious Experience, Justification, and History

Hardcover Published: 11th September 2014
ISBN: 9780521622554
Number Of Pages: 250

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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. For contrast, and to demonstrate the indispensability of history, he includes a study of Teresa of Avila's mystical theology. The controversial supernatural explanations implicit in extraordinary religious experience place the burden of proof on the believer.

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"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

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: Spectral Evidencesp. 1
The Explanation in Experience and the Explanation of Experiencep. 21
Justification by Reasons Alonep. 58
Perennialism Revisitedp. 90
The Miracle of Minimal Foundationalismp. 109
Loves Noble Historie: Teresa of Avila's Mystical Theologyp. 135
Modernity and Its Discontentsp. 197
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780521622554
ISBN-10: 0521622557
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 11th September 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.47