Cognitive Models and Spiritual Maps
Interdisciplinary Explorations of Religious Experience
Edited by Jensine Andresen and Robert K.C. Forman
This volume throws down a methodological challenge to the field of religious
studies. It offers new and exciting approaches whereby our understanding
of religion and religious experiences may be enhanced by reference to
methods stemming from cognitive science, neuropsychology, developmental
psychology, philosophy of mind, anthropology, and the myriad other fields
that have joined together to investigate the phenomenon of consciousness.
Because consciousness plays such a central role in the creation of human
experience, and because the field of consciousness studies is growing
more mature by the year, it only makes sense that we should learn what
we can about the functioning of consciousness from the myriad disciplines
that have deigned to place it under their scopes. It is time for religious
studies to explore how consciousness functions and how it may play a role
in the constitution of reality, in spiritual experience, in the generation
of doctrine, and in ritual and meditative life. Originally published as
a special double issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies
(Vol.7, No. 11/12, 2000), this collection has been widely adopted for
class room use.
"A thoroughly gripping read
. . . to review a book that presents such a range of perspectives on the
psychology of spiritual experience is a tough job. I cannot possibly do
justice to the complexity and sophistication of the positions on offer."
Jo Nash, Human Nature Review
Table of Contents
Jensine Andresen and Robert K.C. Forman, "Methodological
Pluralism in the Study of Religion: How the Study of Consciousness and
Mapping Spiritual Experiences can Reshape Religious Methodology"
Jensine Andresen, "Meditation Meets Behavioural Medicine: The Story
of Experimental Research on Meditation"
Arthur Deikman, "A Functional Approach to Mysticism"
Stanley Krippner, "The Epistemology and Technologies of Shamanic States
Phillip H. Wiebe, "Critical Reflections on Christic Visions"
Ken Wilber, "Waves, Streams, States and Self: Further Considerations
for an Integral Theory of Consciousness"
Christian de Quincey, "The Promise of Integralism: A Critical Appreciation
of Ken Wilber's Integral Psychology"
James H. Austin, "Consciousness Evolves When Self Dissolves"
Brian L. Lancaster, "On the Relationship Between Cognitive Models
and Spiritual Maps: Evidence from Hebrew Language Mysticism"
Andrew B. Newberg and Eugene G. d'Aquili, "The Neuropsychology of
Religious and Spritual Experience"
Robert H. Sharf, "The Rhetoric of Experience and the Study of Religion"
· ISBN 0-907845-13-4
· Published in 2001 by Imprint Academic ·
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