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In Steven T Katzs essay Language Epistemology and Mysticism the pre-experimental conditions he writes of are the circumstances surrounding a person who experiences a mystical occurrence The argument is that mystical experience is a personal event that happens differently for any person who experiences it If this is true there is no common core to all mystical experience This concept brings into view a problem with writing about or verbally communicating about mystical experience in academics Since mystical experience is an extreme personal event it occurs within the morals and learned social constructs of the person having the experience Every human society even if they vary little by environment teaches its inhabitants what to value Mystical experience will vary greatly around the world as well as in different parts of the same country The pre-experimental pattern in Katzs essay represents a persons entire life where they live and what ideals and values their society holds According to Katz the pre-experimental pattern of a persons life is directly related to the kind of mystical experience they will have The key tensions here are that of varying life experience up to the point at which the mystical experience occurs and the inability to communicate mystical experience since it happens within the context of many different societies and languages In Mysticism Holiness East and West the point is stated that while studying mystical experience we are forming both personal and academic views The mystical experience itself according to Katz is a varying personal occurrence If we form our own Opinions about anothers mystical experience this raises a question of whether or not we are actually studying the true experience of another who has a different pre-experimental pattern than we do or are we re-translating their experience to fit in the confines of what we ourselves understand personally and socially We can learn a great deal from scholars but textual studies have their limits
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