Receptivity to Mystery: Cultivation, Loss, and Scientism

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (3):51-68 (2012)
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Abstract

The cultivation of receptivity to the mystery of reality is a central feature of many religious and philosophical traditions, both Western and Asian. This paper considers two contemporary accounts of receptivity to mystery – those of David E. Cooper and John Cottingham – and considers them in light of the problem of loss of receptivity. I argue that a person may lose their receptivity to mystery by embracing what I call a scientistic stance, and the paper concludes by offering two possible responses to combating that stance and restoring the receptivity to mystery that it occludes.

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Sense, mystery and practice.David E. Cooper - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (4):425-436.

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What is Humane Philosophy and Why is it At Risk?John Cottingham - 2009 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 65:233-255.
Religion and the Mystery of Existence.John Cottingham - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (3):15--31.

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