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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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One Kind of Spirituality: Come Back, Feuerbach, All is Forgiven!

One Kind of Spirituality: Come Back, Feuerbach, All is Forgiven!

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(p.201) Chapter Eleven One Kind of Spirituality: Come Back, Feuerbach, All is Forgiven!
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Finding Oneself in the Other
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G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.003.0011

This chapter recounts the author's search for an interpretation of the language that he was disposed to use that treats his condition of gratitude and blessedness. Such a condition was prompted after Cohen's retiring from his Oxford professorship and All Souls College membership. Thus, this chapter seeks an interpretation of this condition that is neither as deity-affirming nor reductively as (at best) merely metaphorical. It then proceeds to give some personal examples of what one might call “spiritual” experiences, discussing such accounts as an encounter with the biblical Gospels, the aftermath of a medical procedure, and the author's encounters with poetry. The chapter concludes with a postscript detailing further insights on religion.

Keywords:   spirituality, religion, gratitude, blessedness, metaphors, deities, spiritual experiences

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