Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

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Some experiences of the natural world bring a sense of unity, knowledge, self-transcendence, eternity, light, and love. This is the first detailed study of these intriguing phenomena. Paul Marshall explores the circumstances, characteristics, and after-effects of this important but relatively neglected type of mystical experience, and critiques explanations that range from the spiritual and metaphysical to the psychoanalytic, contextual, and neuropsychological. The theorists discussed include R. M. Bucke, Edward Carpenter, W. R. Inge, Evelyn Underhill, Rudolf Otto, Sigmund Freud, Aldous Huxley, R. C. Zaehner, W. T. Stace, Steven Katz, and Robert Forman, as well as contemporary neuroscientists. The book makes a significant contribution to current debates about the nature of mystical experience.

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This is a terribly exciting book and, potentially, a very important one... [a] wonderful book (Jeffrey J. Kripal, Religion)

a clear, up to date and excellently resourced investigation which is very ballanced... This book that I am sure that I shall return to again and again as both a stimulating read and as a research tool. (Peggy Morgan, Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions)

Marshall has produced an important, careful book that deserves to be widely read by students of psychology, philosophy, religion, and anomalous experience. (Matt Colborn, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research)

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Paul Marshall is an independent scholar with research interests in the philosophy and psychology of religion, the philosophy of mind, and the study of science and religion.

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