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Renewing the Senses: A Study of the Philosophy and Theology of the Spiritual Life

Mark R. Wynn


In The Republic, Plato suggests that the enlightened person will find himself disoriented on his return to the realm of the shadows. So at the very beginning of the Western philosophical tradition there is a clear recognition that the condition of enlightenment can make for a difference in the phenomenology of a person’s experience of the sensory world. This book develops the idea that ‘enlightenment’ or spiritual maturity may result in, and may partly consist in, not so much a state of confusion or bewilderment in our experience of sensory things, but in a renewal of the realm of the senses. ... More

Keywords: spiritual, sensory, phenomenology, religious experience, enlightenment, Christian, Plato, Republic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark R. Wynn, author
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds