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Epistemology of Religious Experience

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ISBN-10: 0521477417

ISBN-13: 9780521477413

Edition: 1994

Authors: Keith E. Yandell

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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.
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/25/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.87" tall
Weight: 1.232

Introduction: Is our task impossible or impolite?
The Experiential Data
Religious experience, "East" and "West"
Some basic epistemological concepts
The Challenge from Ineffability
The outlines of ineffability
Ineffability relative to particular languages
Reasons in ineffability's favor
The Social Science Challenge
Nonepistemic explanation of belief
Nonreligious explanation of religious belief
The Religious Challenge
Self-authentication and verification
Religious practices and experiential confirmation
The Argument from Religious Experience
The argument in twentieth-century philosophy
The principle of experiential evidence
The argument triumphant
Enlightenment and Conceptual Experience
Are enlightenment experiences evidence for religious beliefs?
Conceptual experience and religious belief