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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

Short Answer A key point to realize in thinking thru your question, is that all empiricism is first person, and subjective. Science tries to harden its data as much as it can, by trying to cross ...
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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth? As @ScottRowe mentioned, any experience has the potential to reveal truth. So technically, the answer is yes. However, mysticism and ...
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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

I don't have the full answer to your question but I do have an answer to this: Furthermore, does the answer depend on whether we directly undergo the experience firsthand or merely hear about it ...
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Are we only justified in holding beliefs that are supported by evidence susceptible to peer review, leading to substantial intersubjective consensus?

If I read your question literally, the answer is straightforwardly no. You can be justified in holding beliefs about a vast range of events only you have experienced. I can believe that I got out of ...
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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

In medieval times religious revelation was considered the only method to get knowledge of supernatural phenomena. Today the attitude concerning religious revelation and all kinds of paranormal ...
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Have there been attempts at modeling 'essential reality'?

Your "essential reality" sounds a lot like observations of the world given the presupposition of phenomenology as emanating from direct realism. It presumes that somehow, we are in direct ...
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Are we only justified in holding beliefs that are supported by evidence susceptible to peer review, leading to substantial intersubjective consensus?

a somewhat silly example: imagine your parent(s) is no longer alive, neither are your mutual acquaintances, there are no pictures, letters, videos, etc., concerning your relationship; are you ...
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Is religious authority justified?

This really comes down to what you accept as "justification." Most religious authorities have claims to justification within their own framework of religious beliefs, but those are generally ...
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What is the distinction between mysticism and metaphysics?

The essential distinction is this: Mysticism focuses on our subjective experience of the world. Metaphysics focuses on our objective ontological understanding of the world. The core idea in ...
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Are we only justified in holding beliefs that are supported by evidence susceptible to peer review, leading to substantial intersubjective consensus?

Peer-review is a process which the editor of a journal starts to assess the quality of a manuscript which is submitted for publication. The term does not apply to arbitrary methods to testify that a ...
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Are there cases where psychology has offered successful scientific explanations for phenomena that neuroscience hasn't?

Apparently psychology and neuroscience operate on two different levels. Broadly speaking, models from neuroscience take into account the neurobiology of the brain and its mental processes. While ...
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What is the distinction between mysticism and metaphysics?

Mysticism tends to be in the rubric of which Wittgenstein spoke as ‘that of which we cannot speak, of that we must remain silent.’ Whereas metaphysics can be spoken about adnauseum!
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Does our language determine our "religious experiences"?

Languages are not completely inter-translatable as, to take an easy example, anyone knows who has (tried to) translate from Classical Greek into English : Classical Greek has words for which we do not ...
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Is religious authority justified?

If we're outside of logic (you wish to learn about noninferential judgments of authorities) then what good is any argument we offer to justify the legitimacy of illogical judgments. Note though that ...
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Have there been attempts at modeling 'essential reality'?

I developed a personal model for drama as the essence of human reality. Inspired in part by this song Modern Love - David Bowie: https://youtu.be/HivQqTtiHVw God-and-man ... put my trust in God and ...
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Have there been attempts at modeling 'essential reality'?

This was my stab at it, made a few years ago: A Map of Reality. DISCLAIMER: Quoting from the movie, "No one can be told what the Matrix is. You'd have to [piece together your own understanding ...
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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

Many "truths" revealed in the religious, mystical or spiritual realm have been proven to be untrue, and some have proven to be true. The famous untruth of the world being flat being one. I ...
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Are we only justified in holding beliefs that are supported by evidence susceptible to peer review, leading to substantial intersubjective consensus?

one historically notable example being the resurrection of Jesus, which was purportedly witnessed by multiple observers, with intersubjective agreement among all of them Bible is correct because it's ...
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Can religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences reveal truth?

Even truth itself is subjective in many cases. One might consider something a conspiracy theory and believe that makes it inherently false, despite the incredible number of conspiracies that have ...
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Can Reformed Epistemology be considered a special variant of mysticism?

Background In epistemology, we have a variety of ways, at least in theory to acquire knowledge. Intuitive knowing Reasoning from first principles Direct realism -- we have immediate knowledge of ...
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Have there been attempts at modeling 'essential reality'?

There are a LOT of different ontologies that philosophers operate under. Each will have a DIFFERENT visual map! Eliminative reductivist materialism, for instance has a very simple map. Non-...
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Have there been attempts at modeling 'essential reality'?

A few observations that might be relevant... Wikipedia has over 60 million articles, so the production of a pictorial equivalent would not be a trivial piece of work. Part of the challenge associated ...
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Is there a version of the divine-hiddenness problem based specifically on the cognitive side of schizophrenia treatment?

Ah, your gifts have a price, I see. From a person on one spectrum to another, the ought question, if one has some knowledge and belief in psychotherapy, hinges upon an intersection of the therapeutic ...
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Is religious authority justified?

It seems that you are implying that there could be some substantial difference between religious authority and non-religious authority when it comes to justification. But there isn't. Ultimately, ...
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Is religious authority justified?

Deeming a belief to fall outside reasoned analysis and empirical verifiability would prevent you from seeing (or greatly limit your ability to see) that it's false and/or that you have bad reasons for ...
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Asking a question in the "True Language"

"Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies? and even if one of them pressed me against his heart: I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing ...
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Secrets/Esotericism in Mysticism

I’d like to learn about why the mystics thought their content should be kept secret. Oskar Adler's explanation in Astrology as Occult Science might be of interest to you. In many (if not all) ...
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