Experiences and Mental Events

  • T. R. Miles
Part of the New Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (NSPR)


In this chapter I shall not be concerned with specifically religious experience, but I shall make some comments on the notion of ‘experience’ in general. I shall suggest that sophisticated people have tampered with the ordinary uses of this word and have thereby distorted the facts, thus generating unnecessary disputation.


Mental Event Religious Experience Single Quality Phenomenal Experience Musical Experience 
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Notes and References

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    E. G. Boring, H. S. Langfeld and W. P. Weld, Psychology (Wiley, New York, 1936) pp. 4–7.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    For further discussion see T. R. Miles, ‘The Mental-Physical Dichotomy’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, lxiv (1964) 71–84.Google Scholar
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    For further discussion see B. A. Farrell, ‘Experience’, Mind, n.s., lix (1950) 170–98, reprinted in V. C. Chappell (ed.), The Philosophy of Mind (Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1962) pp. 23–48.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© T. R. Miles 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. Miles
    • 1
  1. 1.Professor of PsychologyUniversity College of North WalesBangorUK

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