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Innate Capacity: Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy (Robert K C Forman) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780195116977
Innate Capacity: Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy (Robert K C Forman) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780195116977
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Title: Innate Capacity: Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy

Author: Forman, Robert K C

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195116977

Volumes: 1; Pages: 264

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This is a sequel to Forman's well-received collection, The Problems of Pure Consciousness (OUP 1990). The essays in this previous volume argued that some mystical experiences do not seem to be formed or shaped by the language system--a thesis that stands in sharp contrast to the constructivist school, which holds that all mysticism is the product of a cultural and linguistic process. In The Innate Capacity, the same scholars put forward a hypothesis about the formative causes of these "pure consciousness" experiences. All the contributors agree that mysticism is the result of an innate human capacity, rather than a learned, socially conditioned constructive process. They look at mystical experience as it is manifested in a variety of religious and cultural settings, including Hindu Yoga, Buddhism, Sufism, and medieval Christianity. Taken together, the essays constitute an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the nature of mystical experience and its relation to the social and cultural context in which it appears.CONTENTSContributors 1 Introduction: Mystical Consciousness, the Innate Capacity, and the Perennial Philosophy 2 Discriminating the Innate Capacity: Salvation Mysticism of Classical Samkya-Yoga 3 Parables of Deconstruction in the Lotus Sutra 4 Between the Yes and the No: Ibn al-'Arabi on Wujud and the Innate Capacity 5 Mysticism, Mediation, and Consciousness: The Innate Capacity in John Ruusbroec 6 The Innate Capacity: Jung and the Mystical Imperative 7 The Swami and the Rorschach: Spiritual Practice, Religious Experience, and Perception 8 William James and the Origins of Mystical Experience 9 Innate Mystical Capacities and the Nature of the Self 10 Postconstructivist Approaches to Mysticism REVIEWS"On the whole, these are excellent pieces. ... Highly recommended for graduate students, researchers, and faculty."--Choice"An engaging contribution to what is not only the most heated debate in the study of mysticism, but perhaps in all of religious studies. ... Highly recommended for individuals or classes on mysticism."--Religious Studies Review
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