About the Author
Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi was born in 1934 in Yazd. In Qom, from 1952 to 1960, he participated in the classes taught by Imam Khomeini, while at the same time he studied the interpretation of the Qur'an, Ibn Sina's Shifa and Mulla Sadra's Asfar with 'Allamah Tabataba'i. He also spent approximately fifteen years as the student of Ayatulla Bahjat in fiqh. After his formal studies with Imam Khomeini were put to an end by the latter's exile, he spent some years engaged in discussions about social significance of Islam, including discussions about jihad, judicature and Islamic government. He also participated actively in resistance to the Pahlavi regime. After that, he worked in the administration of Madrassah Haqani along with Ayatullah Jannati. Shahid Bihishti and Shahid Qudus, and for about ten years he taught philosophy and Qur'anic studies there. Then, shortly before and following the Islamic Revolution, with the support and encouragement of Imam Khomeini he participated in the founding of several schools and institutes, among the most important of which was the Dar Rah-e Haqq Institute which he currently directs and where he is teacher the Asfar of Sadr al-Din Shirazi. He was recently elected (1996) to a five-year term as representative of Khuzistan province to the Majlis-e Khubrigan (Counsel of Experts). He is the author of numerous works in Islamic philosophy, theology and ideology.
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James, who called his way "radical empiricism," differed with other empiricists about how to determine the realm of experience. In addition to outward sensory experience, he included psychological and religious experience. He considered religious beliefs, especially the belief in the power and mercy of God, to be useful for mental health, and for this very reason, true. He himself suffered a mental breakdown at the age of twenty-nine, was cured due to his attention to God, and His Mercy and Power to change man's destiny.