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Everyday transcendence? Robert Musil, William James, and mysticism

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In the early twentieth century, as a reaction against scientific positivism, a widespread interest in mysticism developed, especially among German writers. Mystical experience in the form of ‘epiphanies' was described by the psychologist William James and explored by the novelist Robert Musil. In his novel The Man without Qualities, Musil proposes an approach to mysticism which captures the phenomenology of the experience and makes it available for scientific study without subjecting it to a religious, or any other, interpretation.
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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/01916599.2017.1336355

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Queens College
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Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
History of European Ideas Journal website
Volume:
43
Issue:
3
Pages:
262-272
Publication date:
2017-08-29
Acceptance date:
2017-05-29
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EISSN:
1873-541X
ISSN:
0191-6599
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pubs:697729
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uri:24f7d03f-91ac-4b1e-b153-f1e93745704d
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uuid:24f7d03f-91ac-4b1e-b153-f1e93745704d
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