The Nature of Mysticism
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 4 November 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on the nature of mysticism on Philosophy in Action Radio on 4 November 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
What is mysticism? Is mysticism distinct from religion, faith, and belief in the supernatural? Can a person be non-religious but mystical? Can a person be religious but non-mystical?
My Answer, In Brief: Theological mysticism is related to, but not the same as, philosophical mysticism. Most religious people are not theological mystics, and many are not philosophic mystics.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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