Readership: Scholars and students of the philosophy and psychology of religion, of parapsychology, of Jungian and transpersonal psychology, and of the philosophy of mind, especially consciousness studies; readers interested in Romantic spirituality, nature religion, or the nature of religious experience.
Paul Marshall, Independent scholar
"This is a terribly exciting book and, potentially, a very important one... [a] wonderful book" - Jeffrey J. Kripal, Religion
"a clear, up to date and excellently resourced investigation which is very ballanced... This book that I am sure that I shall return to again and again as both a stimulating read and as a research tool." - Peggy Morgan, Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions
"Marshall has produced an important, careful book that deserves to be widely read by students of psychology, philosophy, religion, and anomalous experience." - Matt Colborn, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
I. The experiences
1: Extrovertive mystical experience: definition and incidence
2: `Being all, knowing all, loving all': phenomenology
3: Sex, drugs, and Beethoven? Circumstances and consequences
II. The explanations
4: Divine cosmos: encountering spirit in nature
5: Empty your mind: uncovering pure consciousness
6: Scholars lock horns: construction or deconstruction?
7: On the couch, in the lab: pathology, psychoanalysis, neuroscience
8: Mind beyond the brain: reducing valves and metaphysics
9: Fashions, failures, prospects