Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of by G. William Barnard

By G. William Barnard

Demonstrates convincingly the level to which James's mental and philosophical views additionally remain a wealthy source for these in particular drawn to the research of mysticism. A critically-sophisticated, but gripping, immersion into the interior worlds of 1 of America's prime thinkers. Exploring Unseen Worlds is a severely refined, but gripping immersion into the interior worlds of 1 of America's most excellent thinkers. It demonstrates convincingly the level to which James's mental and philosophical views remain a wealthy source for these particularly attracted to the examine of mysticism. The booklet specializes in James's enduring fascination with mysticism and never basically reveals James's lesser-known works on mysticism, but in addition probes into the tacit mystical dimensions of James's own existence and uncovers the paranormal implications of his a long time lengthy curiosity in psychical learn.

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James concludes his discussion of spontaneous religious mystical experiences and, perhaps, the ladder of mysticism as well with the mystical experience of Dr. R. M. 68 This experience of what Bucke terms "cosmic consciousness" occurred while Bucke was riding home in a hansom after an evening of philosophical discussion with friends. "69 At first, Bucke thought that the world around him was on fire, but he then realized that the fire was actually burning inside of himself. "70 As part of his illumination, Buckle also because assured that he had "eternal life"then and always, and "that the cosmic order is such that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world, of all the worlds, is what we call love, and that the happiness of each and all < previous page page_36 If you like this book, buy it!

It creates the rank and file of believers. 13 James's "mystical germ" appears to have been nurtured by a few personal experiences that could certainly, in James's sense of the word, be called mystical. One of these experiences occurred in 1898. James was in the Adirondack Mountains, one of his favorite spots in which to escape from the pressures and demands of both domestic and academic life. He had climbed for five hours up New York's highest peak, the 5,344 foot Mt. Marcy; after hearing the sounds of axes in the valley below, he hiked for another hour to Panther Lodge Camp, where he met a group of young female college students.

The four "marks" of ineffability, noetic quality, transiency, and passivity) is a definition of mystical experience, in actuality, this discussion is not so much a definition as it is a phenomenological description of the most widely found qualities in most mystical experiences. However, a close investigation of James's work on mysticism as a whole does reveal an implicit definition of mystical experience. Mystical experiences for James (I will claim) are experiences of powerful, transformative, personally interpreted, contacts with transnatural realities.

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