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Encountering the Ultimate in the Bhagavad Gītā: An Experience of Pratyabhijñā (Recognition)

Jeffery D. Long
Published Online: 2018-09-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0028

Abstract

Is religious experience necessarily the product of one specific tradition? The constructivist approach to religious experience which prevails in the contemporary academy certainly suggests that this is the case. But is this not at odds with the idea of an ultimate reality that exists objectively and independently of what any given group of human beings may think about it? This paper argues that the phenomenon of religious conversion militates against the constructivist account.

Keywords: Hinduism; religious experience; constructivism; William Alston; John Hick; Alfred North Whitehead; Kashmiri Śaivism; Bhagavad Gītā; Vaiṣṇavism; Vedānta

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About the article

Received: 2018-06-07

Accepted: 2018-08-13

Published Online: 2018-09-06


Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 373–385, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0028.

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© by Jeffery D. Long, published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. BY-NC-ND 4.0

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