Philosophical Issues of Religious Experience

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  • Created on: 13-06-10 16:10

Philosophical Issues:

Religious experiences are somewhat similar to perception (of which you will probably remember from your studies of AS Philosophy, and you'll probably assume that perceptual experiences are veridical (genuine; representing things as they are) unless you have reasons to think otherwise. However, philosophers have often argued that Religious Experiences are not really like perception, so we shouldn't assume that they are veridical; and there are, in any case, other reasons to doubt them.


First, sense experience is universal among people, it is continually present to us when we are awake. It provides a very rich amount of detail and information (i.e. the phrase- a picture is worth a thousand words). By contrast, religious experiences are exclusive, and not as universal as that of sensory…


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