Firestone, Randall S. Books
Professor Randall Firestone is Adjunct Professor at Long Beach City College and Chapman University. He comes to philosophy after a successful career as a trial attorney. He earned his law degree from Hastings College of Law at the University of California, an M.A. in philosophy from California State University, and has done extensive graduate work in ethics at University of California, Irvine. Professor Firestone has published two articles on Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence.2006 0-7734-5905-7
The mystics of all of the major religions have made many incredible claims throughout the ages – even going so far as to say that this world is merely an illusion. Over the last several decades, various philosophers have argued that mystical claims are mistaken due to unintentional self-delusion on the part of the mystic.
This book is the first to bring together the six major claims made by mystics, the philosophical attacks that have been made on these claims, and the best responses the mystic could make to these attacks. The author demonstrates that the philosophers have not dealt the knockout punch that they have imagined, and that it is still an open question whether the claims made by the mystics should be believed.
Along the way, this book both explains what a mystical experience is and is not, citing writings from the mystics of all major religious traditions, and analyzes whether the mystical experience could be considered objective.
Although this book will be of assistance to the scholar working in the field, because it is written in a clear and easy-to-read manner, it should prove of interest to anyone interested in the subject.