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Argument for religious experience rests on the claim that there is knowledge of god, all three clauses have been satisfied. Authors do not rely on faith Not really an argument A. J. Ayer: proposition is meaningful only if it is tautological or if it is empirically verifiable A lot of philosophy is lost with this criterion Blackman: True metaphysical claims are necessary truths Religious experience does not count as proof, but counts for something St. Anselm never believed he had a religious experience, neither did Aquinas Christianity has certain doctrines. Heart of any religion is its systematic doctrine, Christianity has doctrine of God and Jesus Claim is that Jesus never regarded himself as God Anselm bemoaned fact that he never had a religious experience, but he did have faith Experience routed in revealed religion: shared experience over a long period of time, 108-110, takes that to be evidence for the phenomenon. Blackman sees this is an appeal to the masses. But, is it an experience of God? Systems of theology cancel each other out. Universal sense of a supernatural presence: talks about views of German theologian named Otto and Beuber Numinous: something supernatural, other worldly, not anything on the basis of sense experience. Feeling which remains where the concept fails. Hadn’t read Meinong, or hadn’t taken him seriously Miller says about numinous: n feeling says that it is not subjective, it is a certain awareness of an object Suggests a confrontation with something wholly other Notion of an I thou relationship rather than an I it relationship. Sui generous. Don’t argue Philosophy is the only discipline whose propositions are synthetic a priori Different from universal experience, classic mysticism both east and west, people all over the globe, capture it in terms of certain qualities, ineffable, passivity, ecstasy (standing outside of yourself) Noetic: to know something that is beyond all reasoning, sense experience, Plato appealed to notion of neoetic awareness Wittgenstein: if something can be said, it can be said clearly. Whatever cannot be said should be passed over in silence 20 th century: Existentialism: philosophy of individual existence
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