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Is There a Jewish Philosophy?Rethinking Fundamentals$
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Leon Roth

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774556

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774556.001.0001

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Mysticism, Thick and Thin

Mysticism, Thick and Thin

(p.144) Mysticism, Thick and Thin
Is There a Jewish Philosophy?

Leon Roth

Liverpool University Press

This chapter suggests that we are all mystics nowadays but we need not be contentiously so. It queries the mystic vision, asking if it is conceivable that just this, allegedly the greatest prize of all, is denied to the vast majority of mankind. The chapter suggests is that it is not so denied — everyone can, in some way, sense the divine. The chapter brings up other concepts related to the subject: the empty void of seeming meaninglessness; the emergence of rightness or pattern and the accompanying enlargement of the mind; the conceiving of the inconceivable; the sudden joy, the sustained satisfaction. It argues that these are the acknowledged marks of the classical mystical experience and they are common in some degree to us all.

Keywords:   mystics, mysticism, seeming meaninglessness, rightness, inconceivable, sudden joy, sustained satisfaction, mystical experience

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