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Religious experience / Wayne Proudfoot.

By: Proudfoot, Wayne, 1939-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1985Description: xix, 263 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0520051432; 9780520051430; 0520061284; 9780520061286.Subject(s): Experience (Religion)DDC classification: 291.4/2 LOC classification: BL53 | .P819 1985Other classification: 11.01 | BE 2060 | CC 8500
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-259) and index.

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Proudfoot's effort to examine the theories about religious experience-under the topics of expression, interpretation, emotion, mysticism, explication, and explanation-is a sustained and largely successful attack on the traditional views of religious experience held by Shleiermacher, Otto, James, and (most recently) D.Z. Phillips. The strategy of this tradition-marking off ``religious experience'' as sui generis, as independent of concepts and beliefs and at the same time requiring that it be considered as the experience of absolute dependence or of the numinous-is incoherent, according to Proudfoot. Taking cues from Aristotle and Wittgenstein, some recent scholarship goes contrary to the tradition when the attempt is made to define the ``grammar'' of ``religious'' experience. Proudfoot, on the other hand, argues against the various forms of reductionism that claim that religious experience must be defined in terms held important to the person who has the experience, insisting that we must remain ``neutral with regard to the proper explanation of the experience.'' This is a fine line to follow but Proudfoot succeeds by making a distinction between descriptive and explanatory reduction. Appropriate for undergraduate philosophy and religious studies majors.-R.L. Perkins, Stetson University

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