Receptivity to Mystery: Cultivation, Loss, and Scientism


  • Ian James Kidd Durham University



The cultivation of receptivity to the mystery of reality is a central feature of many religious and philosophical traditions, both Western and Asian. This paper considers two contemporary accounts of receptivity to mystery – those of David E. Cooper and John Cottingham – and considers them in light of the problem of loss of receptivity. I argue that a person may lose their receptivity to mystery by embracing what I call a scientistic stance, and the paper concludes by offering two possible responses to combating that stance and restoring the receptivity to mystery that it occludes.




How to Cite

Kidd, Ian James. 2012. “Receptivity to Mystery: Cultivation, Loss, and Scientism”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (3):51-68.