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Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience

William P. Alston

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ISBN 10: 0801425972 / ISBN 13: 9780801425974
Published by Cornell Univ Pr, 1991
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Title: Perceiving God: The Epistemology of ...

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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In this clear and provocative account of the epistemology of religious experience, William P. Alston argues that the perception of God-his term for direct experiential awareness of God-makes a major contribution to the grounds of religious belief. Surveying the variety of reported direct experiences of God, Alston demonstrates that a person can be justified in holding certain beliefs about God on the basis of mystical experience.


"The elegant and comprehensive argument in this book is the definitive version of a position Alston has been developing over the past decade. It is arguably the most important investigation of the epistemology of mysticism from a sophisticated analytical-pragmatic perspective since James's Varieties."―Theological Studies

"This splendid book is the fruit of decades of mature and penetrating reflection. As you would expect, it takes discussion of the topics surrounding experience of God to a new level of insight and penetration"―Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame

"A first-rate and truly important piece of work, Perceiving God is both a signal contribution to the philosophy of religion and a powerful treatise in epistemology. The book is philosophically rigorous and admirably lucid. It is in my judgment the leading contemporary work on the epistemic status of religious experience."―Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame

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