Selected Books from Stanford Article on Mysticism

Originally from here.

  • Almond, Philip C., 1982, Mystical Experience and Religious Doctrine, Berlin: Mouton Press.
  • Alston, William, 1991, Perceiving God, The Epistemology of Religious Experience, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • –––, 1992, “Literal and Nonliteral in Reports of Mystical Experience,” in Mysticism and Language, Steven T. Katz (ed.), New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 80–102.
  • –––, 1993, The Reliability of Sense Perception, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • –––, 1994, “Reply to Commentators,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 54: 891–899.
  • –––, 2005, Beyond “Justification”: Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation, Ithaca: Cornell University Press (especially Chapters 9–11).
  • Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, D. W. Robertson, Jr. (trans.), Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1958.
  • Austin, James H., 1998, Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Azari, Nina P., et al., 2001, “Neural Correlates of Religious Experience”, European Journal of Neural Science, 13: 1649–52.
  • Bagger, Matthew C., 1999, Religious Experience, Justification, and History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Baillie, John, 1939, Our Knowledge of God, London: Oxford University Press.
  • Barnard, G. William, 1997, Exploring Unseen Worlds, William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism, Albany: SUNY Press.
  • Batson, C. Daniel, Schoenrade, Patricia and Ventis, W. Larry, 1993, Religion and the Individual, a Social-Psychological Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Beer, Frances, 1993, Women and Mystical Experience in the Middle Ages, Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  • Bergson, Henri, 1935, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion, R.A. Audra and C. Berenton (trans.), New York: H. Holt; page citation to reprint, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1977.
  • Borchert, Bruno, 1994, Mysticism, Its History and Challenge, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser.
  • Broad, C.D., 1953, Religion, Philosophy, and Psychical Research, London: Routledge, and Kegan Paul.
  • –––, 1939, “Arguments for the Existence of God, II,” The Journal of Theological Studies, 40: 156–67.
  • Brown, Joseph Epes, 1991, The Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian, New York: Crossroad Publishing.
  • Browning, Don, 1979, “William James’ Philosophy of Mysticism,” Journal of Religion, 59(1): 56–70.
  • Brunn, Emilie Zum and Epiney-Burgard, Georgette, 1989, Women Mystics in Medieval Europe,. Sheila Hughes (trans.), New York: Paragon House.
  • Byrne, Peter, 2001, “Perceiving God and Realism,” Philo, 3: 74–88.
  • Caciola, Nancy, 2003, Discerning Spirits, Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Caciola, Nancy, 2000, “Mystics, Demoniacs, and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe,” in Comparative Studies in Society and History, 42: 268–306.
  • Coakley, Sarah, 2009,“Dark Contemplation and Epistemic Transformation: The Analytic Theologian Re-meets Teresa of Avila,” in Oliver D. Crisp and Michael C. Rea, Analytic Theology, New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Daly, Mary, 1973, Beyond God the Father, Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation, Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Danto, Arthur, 1987, Mysticism and Morality: Oriental Thought and Moral Philosophy, New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Davis, Carolyn Franks, 1989, The Evidential Force of Religious Experience, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Dogen, 1986, Shobogenzo, Zen Essays by Dogen, Thomas Cleary (trans.), Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
  • d’Aquili, Eugene and Newberg, Andrew, 1999, The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience, Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • –––, 2000, “The Neuropsychology of Aesthetic, Spiritual, and Mystic States,” Zygon, 35: 39–51.
  • –––, 1993 “Religious and Mystical states: A Neuropsychological Model,” Zygon, 28: 177–200.
  • D’Costa, Gavin, 1987, John Hick’s Theology of Religions: A Critical Evaluation, Lanham: University Press of America.
  • Deikman, Arthur, 1980, “Deautomatization and the Mystic Experience,” in Understanding Mysticism, Richard Woods (ed.), Garden City: Doubleday, 240–69.
  • Dewhurst, K., and Beard, A.W., 1970, “Sudden Religious Conversions in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy,” British Journal of Psychiatry, 117: 497–507.
  • Fales, Evan, 2001, “Do Mystics See God?” in Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion, Michael L. Peterson (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell.
  • –––, 1996a, “Scientific Explanations of Mystical Experiences, Part I: The Case of St Teresa”, Religious Studies, 32: 143–163.
  • –––, 1996b, “Scientific Explanations of Mystical Experiences,” Religious Studies, 32: 297–313.
  • –––, 2010, Divine Intervention: Metaphysical and Epistemological Puzzles, New York: Routledge, Chapters 7–9.
  • Fenwick, P., 1996, “The Neurophysiology of Religious Experiences,” in Psychiatry and Religion: Context, Consensus, and Controversies, Dinesh Bhugra (ed.), London: Routledge, 167–177.
  • Flew, Antony, 1966, God and Philosophy, London: Hutchinson.
  • Forgie, William, 1994, “Pike’s Mystic Union and the Possibility of Theistic Experience”, Religious Studies, 30: 231–242.
  • Forgie, William, 1984, “Theistic Experience and the Doctrine of Unanimity,” International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion, 15: 13–30.
  • Forman, Robert K. C., 1993a, “Eckhart, Gezucken, and the Ground of the Soul,” in The Problem of Pure Consciousness, Mysticism and Philosophy, Robert Forman (ed.), New York and London: Oxford University Press, 121–159.
  • –––, 1993b, “Introduction,” in The Problem of Pure Consciousness, Mysticism and Philosophy, Robert Forman (ed.), New York and London: Oxford University Press, 3–49.
  • –––, 1999, Mysticism, Mind, Consciousness, Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • –––, 1989, “Paramaartha and Modern Constructivists on Mysticism: Epistemological Monomorphism versus Duomorphism,” Philosophy East and West, 39: 393–418.
  • Franke, William 2007, On What Cannot be Said, Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and the Arts (Volume 1: Classic Formulations; Volume 2: Modern and Contemporary Transformations), Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press.
  • Furlong,Monica, 2013, Visions & Longings, Medieval Women Mystics, Boston: Shambhala Publications.
  • Gale, Richard M., 1960, “Mysticism and Philosophy,” Journal of Philosophy, 57: 471–481.
  • –––, 1995, On the Nature and Existence of God, Cambridge: Cambridge Press.
  • –––, 1994, “Why Alston’s Mystical Doxastic Practice is Subjective,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 54: 869–875.
  • Gale, Richard, 1991, On the Nature and Existence of God, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gallope, Michael, 2017, Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Gellman, Jerome, 1997, Experience of God and the Rationality of Theistic Belief, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • –––, 2001a, Mystical Experience of God: A Philosophical Enquiry, London: Ashgate Publishers.
  • –––, 2001b, “Review of Matthew Bagger, Religious Experience, Justification, and History”, Faith and Philosophy, 18: 345–364.
  • –––, 2008, “A Problem for Alston’s Doxastic Practice,” Philo, 10 (2): 114–124.
  • –––, 2011, “Credulity and Experience of God,” Philo, 13:23–38.
  • Goldenberg, Naomi, 1979, The Changing of the Gods, Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Griffiths, Paul J., 1993, “Pure Consciousness and Indian Buddhism,” in The Problem of Pure Consciousness, Mysticism and Philosophy, Robert Forman (ed.), New York and London: Oxford University Press, 121–159.
  • Gutting, Gary 1982, Religious Belief and Religious Skepticism, Notre Dame, IN.: University of Notre Dame.
  • Hanh, Thich Nhat, 1994, Zen Keys, A Guide to Zen Practice, New York: Doubleday, Chapter 5.
  • Hick, John, 1989, An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent, London: Macmillan.
  • Hollenback, Jess Byron, 1996, Mysticism: Experience, Response, and Empowerment, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Hood, Ralph W., 2006, “The Common Core Thesis in the Study of Mysticism,” in Where God and Science Meet (Volume 3: The Psychology of Religious Experience), Patrick McNamara (ed.), Westport CN: Praeger, Chapter 5.
  • Hurcombe, Linda, (ed.), 1987, Sex and God. Varieties of Women’s Religious Experience, New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Huxley, Aldous, 1945, The Perennial Philosophy, New York : Harper & Bros.
  • Idel, Moshe, 1988, Kabbalah: New Perspectives, New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Idel, Moshe, 1997, “‘Unio mystica’ as a Criterion: ‘Hegelian’ Phenomenologies of Jewish Mysticism,” in Doors of Understanding, Conversations in Global Spirituality in Honor of Ewert Cousins, Steven Chase (ed.), Quincy, IL: Franciscan Press.
  • James, William, 1958, The Varieties of Religious Experience, New York: Mentor Books.
  • Jantzen, Grace M., 1994, “Feminists, Philosophers, and Mystics,” Hypatia, 9: 186–206.
  • –––, 1995, Power, Gender, and Christian Mysticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jones, Richard H., 1993, “Must Enlightened Mystics be Moral?” in Richard Jones (ed.), Philosophical Inquiries into Mysticism, Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • ––– 2016, Philosophy of Mysticism, Raids on the Ineffable, Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Jones, Rufus M., 1909, Studies in Mystical Religion, London: Macmillan.
  • Katz, Steven T. (ed.), 2013, Comparative Mysticism, An Anthology of Original Sources, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Katz, Steven T., 1978, “Language, Epistemology, and Mysticism,” in Mysticism and Philosophical Analysis, Steven T. Katz (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, 22–74.
  • Katz, Steven T., (ed.), Mysticism and Religious Traditions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Katz, Steven T., 1988, “Responses and Rejoinders,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 56: 751–57.
  • King, Sallie B., 1988, “Two Epistemological Models for the Interpretation of Mysticism,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 56: 257–79.
  • Kripal, Jeffery, 2002, “ Debating the Mystical as the Ethical: An Ideological Map,” in W. Barnard and J. Kripal (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism, New York: Seven Bridges Press.
  • Kvanvig, Jonathan, 1994, “A Critical Notice of Alston’s Perceiving God,” Faith and Philosophy, (April): 311–321.
  • Kwan, Kwai-Man, 2013, “The Argument from Religious Experience,” in W. L. Craig and J.P. Moreland (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
  • –––, 2011, The Rainbow of Experiences, Critical Trust, and God , New York:Continuum International Publishing Group.
  • Lanzetta, Beverly, 2005, Radical Wisdom, A Feminist Mystical Theology, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.
  • Louth, Andrew, 2012, “Apophatic and Cataphatic Theology,” in A. Hollywood and Patricia Z. Beckman (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Loy, David, 2002, “ The Lack of Ethics and the Ethics of Lack in Buddhism” in W. Barnard and J. Kripal (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism, New York: Seven Bridges Press.
  • Marshall, Paul, 2005, Mystical Encounters with the Natural World, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Martin, C.B., 1955, “A Religious Way of Knowing,” in New Essays in Philosophical Theology, Antony Flew and Alasdair MacIntyre (eds.), London: SCM Press, 76–95.
  • Martin, Michael, 1990, Atheism, A philosophical Justification, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Matt, Daniel C., 1997, “Varieties of Mystical Nothingness: Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist Perspectives,” in Wisdom and Logos: Studies in Jewish Thought in Honor of David Winston, David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (eds.), The Studia Philonica Annual (Studies in Hellenistic Judaism), 9: 316–331, Atlanta: Scholars Press.
  • McNamara, Patrick 2009, The Neuroscience of Religious Experience, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mommaers, Paul, 2009, Jan Van Ruusbroec: Mystical Union with God, Leuven: Peters Publishers.
  • McGinn, Bernard, 2001, The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing, New York: Crossroad Publishing.
  • Moore, Peter, 1973, “Recent Studies of Mysticism: A Critical Survey,” Religion, 3: 146–156.
  • Oppy, Graham, 2006, Arguing Against Gods, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Otto, Rudolf, 1957, The Idea of the Holy, Second Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Persinger, Michael. A., 1987, Neuropsychological Bases of God Beliefs, New York: Praeger.
  • Persinger, Michael, Bureau, Y.R.J., Peredery, O.P., and Richards, P.M., 1994, “The Sensed Presence as Right Hemisphere Intrusion into the Left Hemisphere Awareness of Self,” Perception and Motor Skills, 78: 999–1009.
  • Pike, Nelson, 1986, “John of the Cross on the Epistemic Value of Mystic Visions,” in Rationality, Religious Belief, and Moral Commitment: New Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, Robert Audi and William J. Wainwright (eds.), Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • –––, 1992, Mystic Union: An Essay in the Phenomenology of Mysticism, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Plantinga, Alvin, 1980, Does God have a Nature?, Milwaukee: Marquette University Press.
  • –––, 2011, Where The Conflict Really Lies, Science, Religion, and Naturalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Proudfoot, Wayne, 1985, Religious Experience, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press.
  • Radhakrishnan, S. (trans.), 1968, The Brahma Sutra, the Philosophy of Spiritual Life, with introduction and notes, New York: Greenwood Press.
  • Raphael, Melissa, 1994, “Feminism, Constructivism, and Numinous Experience,” Religious Studies, 30: 511–526.
  • Rowe, William, 1982, “Religious Experience and the Principle of Credulity,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 13: 85–92.
  • Russell, Bertrand, 1935, Religion and Science, London: Oxford University Press.
  • Sells, Michael A., 1994, Mystical Languages of Unsaying, Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Shaw, Gregory, 1995, Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus, University Park, Penn State Press.
  • Schimmel, Annemarie, 1975, Mystical Dimensions of Islam, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Schjoedt, U. 2009,“The religious brain: A general introduction to the experimental neuroscience of religion”. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 21(3): 310–339.
  • Schuon, Frithjof, 1975, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, New York: Harper.
  • Sloan, Richard P., 2006, Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine, New York: St. Martin’s Press.
  • Smart, Ninian, 1965, “Interpretation and Mystical Experience,” Religious Studies, 1: 75–87.
  • –––, 1958, Reasons and Faiths, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  • –––, 1978, “Understanding Religious Experience,” in Mysticism and Philosophical Analysis, Steven T. Katz (ed.), London: Sheldon Press.
  • Smith, Huston, 1997, “‘Come Higher my Friend’: The Intellective Mysticism of Meister Eckhart,” in Doors of UnderstandingConversations in Global Spirituality in Honor of Ewert Cousins, Steven Chase (ed.), Quincy, IL: Franciscan Press, 201–217.
  • Schleiermacher, Friedrich, 1963, The Christian Faith, English translation of the second German edition, H. R. Mackintosh and J. S. Stewart (eds.), New York: Harper & Row.
  • Staal, Frits, 1975, Exploring Mysticism, London: Penguin.
  • Stace, Walter T., 1961, Mysticism and Philosophy, London: Macmillan.
  • –––, 1960, The Teachings of the Mystics, New York and Scarborough: New American Library.
  • Steup, Mathias, 1997, “William Alston, Perceiving God. The Epistemology of Religious Experience,” Noûs, 31: 408–420.
  • Stoeber, Michael, l992, “Constructivist Epistemologies of Mysticism: A Critique and a Revision,” Religious Studies, 28: 107–116.
  • Suzuki, Shunryu, 1970, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Trudy Dixon (ed.), New York: Weatherhill.
  • Swinburne, Richard, 1991, The Existence of God, Revised Edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • –––, 1996, Is There a God?, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • –––, (ed.), 1986, Miracles, New York: Macmillan.
  • Suso, Henry, 1953, Little Book of Eternal Wisdom and Little Book of Truth, J. M. Clark (trans.), London: Faber and Faber.
  • Takeuchi, Yoshinori, 1983, The Heart of Buddhism, James W. Heisig (trans.), New York: Crossroad.
  • Taves, Ann, 2009, Religious Experience Reconsidered, A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Taves, Ann, and Asprem, Egil, 2017,“Experience as Event: Event Cognition and the Study of (Religious) Experiences,” Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7(1): 43–62.
  • Teresa of Avila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila, translated with an introduction by J.M. Cohen, New York: Penguin Books, 1957.
  • Turner, Denys, 1996, The Darkness of God: Negativity in Christian Mysticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Underhill, Evelyn, 1945, Mysticism, A study in the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness, London: Methuen.
  • Wainwright, William J., 1981, Mysticism, A Study of its Nature, Cognitive Value, and Moral Implications, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Wall, George, 1995, Religious Experience and Religious Belief, Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Wulff, David M., 2000, “Mystical Experience,” in Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Etzel Cardena, Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner (eds.), Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 397–440.
  • Yandell, Keith, 1975, “Some Varieties of Ineffability,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 6: 167–179.
  • Yandell, Keith, 1993, The Epistemology of Religious Experience, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Zaehner, R. C., 1961, Mysticism, Sacred and Profane, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Zelinski, Daniel, 2007, “From Prudence to Morality,” in Jan Assman, et al. (eds.), Religion, Mysticism, and Ethics: A Cross-traditional AnthologyArchiv für Religionsgeschichte, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 144–169.

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1 Response to Selected Books from Stanford Article on Mysticism

  1. James Miller says:

    The most learned response probably made to such an article! – wife of James Miller

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