Relfection Paper

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A 2 page summary/reflection paper. One page--"The Ethical Implications of Mysticism." (Chap. 4) One page--"Spiritual Judgments, Saints and Pragmatism." (Chap. 5) from the book "Exploring Unseen Worlds: Wiliam James and the Philosphy of Mysticism"

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Running head: REFLECTION


Reflection Paper; Exploring Unseen World






The Ethical Implications of Mysticism

Mysticism itself is a controversial topic because of the manner in which experiences are
understood. There are several varieties of mysticism experiences that James talks about; I would
first want to figure out the difference between religious experiences and mystical experiences.
There is no definition to what one would practically categorize as religious or mystical
experiences. The ethical implication, in this case, then is how do we differentiate the two since
they all do not mean the same and even does not occur under the same conditions. James clearly
states that some mystical experiences can be termed as religious, the concern then is what
criterion we can use to catego...

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