6240Re: RES: [neoplatonism] mystical union in Plotinus?
- Mar 6, 2014Thank you all for this very informative discussion.> Michel Hulin's La Mystique sauvage...Looks very interesting. A couple of other books that try to catalog mystical experiences are Marghanita Laski's Ecstasy: A Study of Some Secular and Religious Experiences and the more speculative Cosmic Consciousness by R. M. Bucke.The former includes a primitive content analysis based on presence/absence of specific traits in a hundred or so historical and modern experiences. In graduate school I analyzed Laski's data in more detail and found that experiences seemed to cluster into two large groups: expansive and joyful ones, and tranquil (apophatic?) ones.In general the idea of approaching the subject empirically (insofar as that is possible) is appealing.--John Uebersax
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