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date: 22 April 2019

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Teresa of Ávila is often cited in Anglo-American philosophical discussions of the epistemic significance of mysticism. Until recently, however, these typically involved quoting her selectively to bolster some particular view regarding which unusual transitory experiences count as truly ‘mystical’, whether they are ‘the same everywhere’, and what support they might provide for belief in God. This chapter suggests a broader approach that recognizes Teresa’s potential contribution to many other topics related to theological epistemology, including: the epistemic benefits of the ‘Teresian’ virtues; mystical growth as involving a fundamental transformation of one’s epistemic capacities; and mysticism as a complementary mode of knowing ‘through experience’ the same divine realities approached more indirectly by theological study.

Keywords: Teresa of Ávila, mysticism, mystical knowledge, Trinity, virtues, cognitive transformation, spiritual marriage

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