Epiphanies: An Ethics of Experience

ISBN : 9780192858016

Sophie Grace Chappell
464 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2022
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Epiphanies is a philosophical exploration of epiphanies, peak experiences, 'wow moments', or ecstasies as they are sometimes called. What are epiphanies, and why do so many people so frequently experience them? Are they just transient phenomena in our brains, or are they the revelations of objective value that they very often seem to be? What do they tell us about the world, and about ourselves? How, if at all, do epiphanies fit in with our moral systems and our theories of how to live? And how do epiphanic experiences fit in with the rest of our lives? These are Sophie Grace Chappell's questions in this ground-breaking new study of an area of inquiry that has always been right under our noses, but remains surprisingly under-explored in contemporary philosophy.


1 Introducing epiphanies
2 If not moral theory then what?
3 Encounters with values
4 What is it like to be a human being?
5 Soul Food: experience, art, and psychic nutrition
6 Epiphanies and other people
7 Ethical experience and other peop
8 Religion, Relativism, and the New Republic

About the author: 

Sophie Grace Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. She was Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2017-2020, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, St Andrews 2017-2020, and Erskine Research Fellow, University of Canterbury NZ, Spring 2020. She was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Edinburgh University. Since 2000 she has been Reviews Editor of The Philosophical Quarterly. She has also held visiting appointments in the Universities of St Edinburgh, Glasgow, British Columbia, Stirling, Reykjavik, and Oslo. She has published over a hundred articles on ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, ancient philosophy and philosophy of religion. Her books include Knowing What to Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics (OUP, 2014). She is the UK's first openly transgender philosophy academic, having transitioned in 2014, and campaigns actively on feminist and transgender issues.

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