The Awe-some Argument for Pantheism

  title={The Awe-some Argument for Pantheism},
  author={T. Ryan Byerly},
  journal={European Journal for Philosophy of Religion},
  • T. Byerly
  • Published 20 June 2019
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Many pantheists have claimed that their view of the divine is motivated by a kind of spiritual experience. In this paper, I articulate a novel argument, inspired by recent work on moral exemplarism, that gives voice to this kind of motivation for pantheism. The argument is based on two claims about the emotion of awe, each of which is defended primarily via critical engagement with empirical research on the emotion. I also illustrate how this pathway to pantheism offers pantheists distinctive… 


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