S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Religious Studies (종교학과) 종교와 문화(Religion and Culture) 종교와 문화(Religion and Culture) 28/29호(2015)
신비주의와 윤리의 상호 관계: 미국 종교학계의 논쟁을 중심으로
Interrelationship of mysticism and ethics: Focusing on the debate of American scholars of religion
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 종교문제연구소
- 종교와 문화, Vol.29, pp. 51-79
- 신비주의; 윤리; 신비적 합일 체험; 지복; 수행; mysticism; ethics; mystical experience; mystical practice; ethical perfection
- This paper deals with the debate on the relationship between mysticism and ethics, which is conducted by American scholars. They asked "Why did mystics who are claimed to have extraordinary religious experience cause an ethical scandal?" In fact, the ethical status of mysticism is an old question in religious history The core of the debate has been set on the relationship between the monistic mystical tradition and ethics. Jeffrey J. Kripal argues that there are no necessary connection between mysticism and ethics, which is clearly demonstrated in the case of monistic mysticism of the Orient such as Hinduism. William Bernard counter-argues that mystical experience has ethical implications and make mystics more ethical. The debate shows the interrelationship of mysticism and ethics is not clear. If mysticism surely functions as the basis for an ethical life, the debate itself would not even be started at all. The mystical experience should be interpreted and be integrated into one’s life properly. The debate enable us to have a betterview over the puzzling relationship between mysticism and ethics.