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2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin
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PHI 102 - (CC) Mysticism, Wisdom, and the Spiritual Quest

Semester Hours: 3
Periodically
Mystics sometimes behave in controversial ways. Could this represent a higher wisdom? How can we distinguish what might be insane wisdom from insanity? Mysticism is traditionally defined as the yearning for direct connection to a transcendent reality, and mystics from many different cultures report experiences of a higher reality. Do these experiences actually yield knowledge of such a reality or can they be explained in another way, perhaps as brain states? Are people from different cultures and traditions having similar mystical experiences? How much are their experiences shaped by their beliefs, traditions and expectations? We will compare mysticism and spiritual experiences across different cultures and explore various responses to these questions.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
Credit given for this course or RELI 075 , not both. (Formerly (CC) Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest.)


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