The result kripal finds is seven palaces of wisdom the religious power of excess the necessity of distance in the study of mysticism the relationship between the mystical and art the dilemmas of male subjectivity and modern heterosexuality a call for ethical criticism the paradox of the insider outsider problem in the study of . The book roads of excess palaces of wisdom eroticism and reflexivity in the study of mysticism jeffrey j kripal is published by university of chicago press roads of excess palaces of wisdom eroticism and reflexivity in the study of mysticism kripal. Roads of excess palaces of wisdom eroticism and reflexivity in the study of mysticism about jeffrey j kripal jeffrey j kripal holds the j newton rayzor chair in philosophy and religious thought at rice university. In roads of excess palaces of wisdom jeffrey j kripal a professor of comparative religion now at rice university presents the argument that writing and reading about mysticism is itself a kind of mystical induction practice that can result in the experience of such mystical states in the writer reader. William blake once wrote that the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom inspired by these poetic terms jeffrey j kripal reveals how the works of scholars of mysticism are often rooted in their own mystical experiences roads of excess which can both lead to important insights into
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