The Meaning of Mysticism : Deep Insight or Irrational Nonsense?

Tuesday 17th April, 7.30 at the Rose & Crown Tintern


John Clarke on

NEXT MEETING 17th April 2018


Recent interest in altered states of consciousness, drug-induced ecstasy, and near-death experiences has helped to revive interest in the ancient and widespread phenomenon of mystical experience. The talk will raise issues concerning this phenomenon in the light of modern approaches in philosophy, psychology and science.  


Walter Terence Stace (1886 – 1967) was a British civil servant, educator, public philosopher and epistemologist, who wrote on Hegel, mysticism, and moral relativism. He began his career as a civil servant in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) where he became interested in Buddhism and Hinduism and  later appointed Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University where he lectured and wrote on philosophy and mysticism

William James (1842 – 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.  James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology

Evelyn Underhill (1875 –  1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism. In the English-speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the 20th century.

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