Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things

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Contents
List of Illustrations and Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Prefacexiii
INTRODUCTION
The Problem of “Religious Experience”3
Experiences Deemed Religious8
Previous Work9
The Argument12
Why an Attributional Approach Is Better14
CHAPTER ONE
Religion: Deeming Things Religious16
The Sui Generis and Ascriptive Models of “Religious Experience”17
Deeming Things Religious22
Special Things and Things Set Apart28
Setting up Research48
Conclusion: A Four-Fold Matrix53
CHAPTER TWO
Experience: Accessing Conscious Behavior56
Clarifying the Concept58
Accessing Experience63
Representation and Experience Revisited73
Conclusion86
CHAPTER THREE
Explanation: Attributing Causality88
Attribution Theory: An Overview90
An Attributional Theory of Religion94
Four Levels of Analysis and Attribution111
Conclusion118
CHAPTER FOUR
Comparison: Constructing an Object of Study120
Comparing Experiences121
Specifying a Point of Comparison126
Comparing Simple and Composite Formations129
Imagination and Reality156

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