Venue

Campus Center - Theater

Major

Theology

Field of Study

Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

This paper seeks to contribute to an important debate in philosophy of religion that asks whether a subject is epistemically justified in forming beliefs about God based on a mystical experience. In this paper, I survey the most prominent standards used to secure epistemic justification and consider their respective strengths and shortcomings. I then compose my own set of criteria to use in evaluating the veridicality of putative mystical experiences which draws upon the subject’s religious tradition, rationality, and affectivity. I defend the utility and efficacy of my criteria by showing how they better capture the well-known and contextually-distinct historical examples of Marguerite Porete and Saint Augustine’s mystical experiences.

Start Date

25-4-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

25-4-2019 11:45 AM

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Apr 25th, 11:30 AM Apr 25th, 11:45 AM

Towards a Renewed Mysticism: Epistemic Standards in Theory and Practice

Campus Center - Theater

This paper seeks to contribute to an important debate in philosophy of religion that asks whether a subject is epistemically justified in forming beliefs about God based on a mystical experience. In this paper, I survey the most prominent standards used to secure epistemic justification and consider their respective strengths and shortcomings. I then compose my own set of criteria to use in evaluating the veridicality of putative mystical experiences which draws upon the subject’s religious tradition, rationality, and affectivity. I defend the utility and efficacy of my criteria by showing how they better capture the well-known and contextually-distinct historical examples of Marguerite Porete and Saint Augustine’s mystical experiences.