Present Definitions of Mystics and Mysticism: Problem of Community of Research Coordinates
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
The article analyzes the series modern definitions of the terms “mystics” and “mysticism” formulated in scientific works (A. Smirnov, A. Nagorchevskyi, S. Averyntsev, Yu. Shabanova, Ye. Balagushkin, N. Zhyrtuyeva, V. Voloshyn, V. Shokin) and in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. On the basis of analysis, it is concluded that up to nowadays there exists not only a certain terminological uncertainty, but also different “coordinate planes” of the re- search on “mystical”, which is associated with the categories of “sacred”, “esoteric”, “trans- cendental”, etc. Due to the fact that in the context of the psychology of religion mysticism is regarded as a psychological phenomenon, and therefore “mystical experience” (as a kind of “religious experience”) is regarded as a special psychic reality, often, the study of “mysti- cal” is notably psychologically shadowed, sometimes (occasionally entirely) losing the ho- rizon of the transcendent.
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