A Compatibilist View of the Common Core Debate in the Study of Mystical Experience
Keywords:social constructivism, common core, phenomenology, mysticism, Jewish mysticism, noetic, Unity Theory, Rudolf Otto
The study of mystical experiences is an endeavor that has been approached in many ways. One unresolved issue in this area of study is whether or not there is a particular type of experience underlying the traditionally religious interpretations, which can be termed “mystical.” In this paper, the author posits that some of the foundational claims of the common core view and the social constructivist view of the nature of such experiences, respectively, are not completely incompatible. Rather, the two approaches may converge with regard to the cognitive foundations of cross-culturally accessible anomalous experiences.