Mystical Epiphanies

  • James KellenbergerEmail author


In this chapter, we discuss a second kind of epiphany that is special: mystical epiphany. From the Islamic tradition, the epiphanic mystical experiences of two Sūfī mystics, Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī and ‘Umar Ibn al-Fārid, are presented, along with the spiritual reflections of the Sūfī, Muhyī al-Dīn Ibn al-‘Arabī; and from the Christian tradition the mystical experiences of St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross are presented, as well as Meister Eckhart’s reflections on mystical paths to God. In addition, the question whether all epiphanies are mystical is treated, as is the question whether all mystical experiences are epiphanies, and issues about the postulated universal “core” of mystical experience. The philosophical thought of W.T. Stace, R.C. Zaehner, and Stephen Katz is drawn upon in connection with these issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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