Volume 15 · Number 1 · Pages 12–13
Constructivism and Mysticism: Beyond Epistemological Constraints

Ralph W. Hood Jr.

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “Constructivism and Mystical Experience” by Hugh Gash. Abstract: The synergy proposed between the epistemological limits on what we can know scientifically and what we can know mystically is provocatively addressed in the creative target article. However, the avoidance of ontological and metaphysical issues implicated in what is more than simply subjective experience is unfortunate. Addressing these issues enhances the synergistic relationship between constructivist and mystical traditions beyond merely epistemological issues.

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Hood Jr. R. W. (2019) Constructivism and mysticism: Beyond epistemological constraints. Constructivist Foundations 15(1): 12–13. https://constructivist.info/15/1/012

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Hood R. W. Jr. (2006) The common core thesis in the study of mysticism. In: McNamara P. (ed.) Where God and science meet, Volume 3. Praeger, Westport CT: 119–138. ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar
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