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The Epistemology of Religious Experience - Keith E. Yandell

The Epistemology of Religious Experience

Paperback Published: 24th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521477413
Number Of Pages: 384

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This book addresses a fundamental question in the philosophy of religion. Can religious experience provide evidence for religious belief? If so, how? Keith Yandell argues against the notion that religious experience is ineffable, while advocating the view that strong numinous experience provides some evidence that God exists. An attractive feature of the book is that it does not confine its attention to any one religious cultural tradition, but tracks the nature of religious experience across different traditions in both the East and the West.

'Yandell's main premise is that religious beliefs and doctrines are not exempt from critical examination by analytical philosopher; rather, they should receive the same degree of critical examination which secular beliefs and doctrines attract. The intricate thread of his argument testifies to the validity of this core premise ... deserves to be read by anyone interested in the analysis of religious experience.' Victoria S. Harrison, Heythrop Journal

Introduction: Is our task impossible or impolite?p. 1
The Experiential Data
Religious experience, "East" and "West"p. 15
Some basic epistemological conceptsp. 33
The Challenge from Ineffability
The outlines of ineffabilityp. 61
Ineffability relative to particular languagesp. 81
Reasons in ineffability's favorp. 97
The Social Science Challenge
Nonepistemic explanation of beliefp. 119
Nonreligious explanation of religious beliefp. 135
The Religious Challenge
Self-authentication and verificationp. 163
Religious practices and experiential confirmationp. 183
The Argument from Religious Experience
The argument in twentieth-century philosophyp. 215
The principle of experiential evidencep. 233
The argument triumphantp. 256
Enlightenment and Conceptual Experience
Are enlightenment experiences evidence for religious beliefs?p. 279
Conceptual experience and religious beliefp. 322
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780521477413
ISBN-10: 0521477417
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 24th April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.49  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.58