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Religious Experience, Justification, and History (Matthew Bagger) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521622554
Religious Experience, Justification, and History (Matthew Bagger) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521622554
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Title: Religious Experience, Justification, and History

Author: Bagger, Matthew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521622554

Volumes: 1; Pages: 248

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Recently, many philosophers of religion have sought to defend the rationality of religious belief by shifting the burden of proof onto the critic of religious belief. Some have appealed to extraordinary religious experience in making their case. Religious Experience, Justification, and History restores neglected explanatory and historical considerations to the debate. Through a study of William James, it contests the accounts of religious experience offered in recent works. Through reflection on the history of philosophy, it also unravels the philosophical use of the term justification. Matthew Bagger argues that the commitment to supernatural explanations implicit in the religious experiences employed to justify religious belief contradicts the modern ideal of human flourishing.Contents1. Introduction: spectral evidences2. The explanation in experience and the explanation of experience3. Justification by reasons alone4. Perennialism revisited5. The miracle of minimal foundationalism6. Loves noble Historie: Teresa of Avila's mystical theology7. Modernity and its discontentsBibliographyIndex
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