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Table Of Contents

The Mystical Pluralist Thesis
The Method: A Systems Approach To Mind
Mystical Pluralism and John Hick’s Pluralism
Robert Forman’s Perennial Psychology
Overview of the Book
Constructivism: An Outline
Constructivism as a priori
Mystical Experience and Mystical Language
Constructivism and the ‘Object’ of Mystical Experience
Rationales for Constructivist Epistemology
Philosophical Precedent
Mediation as Epistemological Necessity
Empirical Evidence and Constructivism
The Data
Katz’s Manet Example
Constructivism is Self-contradictory
Constructivism is Epistemologically Vague
Mystical Traditions Undermine their own Doctrines
Similarities among Traditions and Experiences
Mystical Experiences as Novel
‘Construction’ and the Mystical Experience of Unity
Katz’s Misreading of the Traditions
Final Miscellaneous Problems
Concluding Remarks on Constructivism
Systems Theory: An Overview
What is a ‘System’?
Maintenance and Evolution of System Structure
Justifying the Systems Approach to Mind
Intuitive Appeal: Mind Appears to be a System
Mind Functions Like a Dynamical System
Applicability to a Wider Range of Data
A Systems Approach to Mind
Mind: Definitions and Structure
Processes of Mind
The Homeostatic Processes of Mind
Summing up the Model
Dzogchen’s Historical Origins
Chinese Influence on Dzogchen?
Dzogchen Origins and Tantra
Final Remarks on Dzogchen Origins
Dzogchen Doctrine
Ultimate and Conventional Reality
The Four Kàyas
The Dzogchen Path
Preliminary Practices
Dzogchen Practice
Systems Theory and Dzogchen
DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE IN GERMAN MYSTICISM
The Historical Emergence of German Mysticism
German Mysticism and the Nature of God
God’s Ineffability
God’s Activity, Creativity, and Relation to Creatures
The Nature of the Soul
Mystical Practice in German Mysticism
‘Releasement’ and Self-annihilation
Rejection of ‘Ways’
‘Birth’ and ‘Breakthrough’
Grace and Effort
Systems Theory and Mystical Evolution
Conclusion
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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The Unity of Mystical Traditions

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