- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 022612682X
- ISBN-13: 978-0226126821
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions 1st Edition
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“Secret Body is not just about coming to terms with the mythical facts of our existence as projected and enchanted egos on the screen of history. It is very much about public reason, about the primary powers of the left brain, about critical thinking with a professional purpose, about systemization and theory building”. For me, the book did help contextualize his six major books (I've read four, my favorite is Mutants & Mystics). Kripal tries to map this emergent mythology and create a new vision for the study of religious, paranormal and visionary experience. What I've enjoyed most through reading his books is his exploration of the rise of the paranormal in American culture, he may just have put “the impossible” back on the table again. This is not a quick read, lots to digest, but fascinating and thought provoking none the less.
What I most appreciate is that someone within academia has the bravery to confront what has basically become a stagnant and constricted worldview, namely that of scientific reductionism and push intellectual discourse towards a much more expanded paradigm.
For crying out loud! We have had the philosophical implications of quantum physics available for about one hunderd years now. It's about time these implications filtered down into every avenue of human enquiry including the history of religion.
In this book Jeffry Kripal makes enormous strides in this direction with some very well thought out and eloquent arguments. Bottom line: people have anomolous super-sensible mystical experiences, get over it and don't always try to expain them away, belittle the experiencers by making them fit into an outdated reductionist paradigm. Expand!