Book: Rational Mysticism Author: John Horgan Price: (Houghton Mifflin, $25)
A British Zen Buddhist once observed that Robert Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ cannot be about Zen, because “Zen isn’t about anything.” The Buddhist did have a point. If mystical experience is, by definition, ineffable, how much can you say about it?
The term “mysticism” has been applied to a broad family of both religious and secular oddities that are to be found in most known cultures-although at some times more than others. In the history of philosophy, the third to fifth centuries AD stand out as…
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