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Brainard, F. S. (1997). Reality and mystical experience. Unpublished PhD thesis, Temple University. 
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Resource type: Thesis/Dissertation
BibTeX citation key: Brainard1997
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Categories: General
Keywords: Other-presence, Presence, Reality
Creators: Brainard, Bregman
Publisher: Temple University
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"Reality and Mystical Experience" proposes and demonstrates the use of a new hermeneutical tool for the study of philosophical and religious foundations. The tool, which I call "publicity-presence-awareness terminology," offers a way to examine, understand, and classify different conceptions about the nature of reality in terms of their different approaches to certain shared metaphysical problems. Such an analysis helps, in turn, to clarify the basis for and significance of mystical experience within these traditions.

The schema proposed here is especially useful for philosophical studies across differing worldviews because it accommodates both inter- and intracultural realities and truths. This project defines "reality" and "truth" in terms of "publicity" and "presence." The publicity-presence distinction proposed here provides, in turn, a formal, much more culturally neutral and thus useful version of the traditional "universal-particular" and "attribute-particular" distinctions.

The published book can be found here:
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pp.30-31   "awareness applies not just to a capability or to a receptive 'knowing', but also to intention and action as well [...] awareness applies not just to sentient agencies but also to certain non-sentient ones (i.e., the maintenance of physical regularities by matter). In this schema, awareness is defined on the basis of its roles in the definitions for publicity and presence. In the case of publicity, it names that which originates and maintains publicity, regardless of any other considerations."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.31   "The term 'publicity', derived from the word 'public', already exists in epistemology and refers to that which is the same for a group of knowing subjects — that which is singular for a plurality of awarenesses."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.52   "a particular is a singular instantiation, thus an individual"   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.53   "'presence' is perhaps more accurately thought of as a verb than a noun. It is rather the process that manifests — 'presences' — properties."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.53   "Humans presence those things particular to human beings — languages, political borders, artifacts, and so on. Animals presence what is particular to their own natures. So do plants. And matter presences material publicities. Presencing taken as a noun — as a presence — is thus a spatiotemporal site of publicity instantiation. Since in this schema, all publicity, even material regularities, originate with awarenesses, a presence may also be characterized as a site for the publicity producing activity of awarenesses."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.53   "presence is defined as that which when conjoined to publicity yields a particular. It may also be defined as the process (verb) that renders publicity to be a particular [...] presence in this project also means the fact or condition of being manifest to or by awarenesses"   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
p.54   "presence is not, itself a publicity [...] description is never the presence itself; it only refers to presence."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Presence Reality
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