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d'Aquili, Eugene
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(Jun 4, 1940, Trenton, NJ – Aug 2, 1998, Philadelphia, PA), professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. D'Aquili pioneered in research that he himself termed “biogenetic structuralism,” which correlates brain states to ritual and mystical experience in order to develop explanatory models of brain function. He developed theories for understanding the significance of myth, ritual, aesthetic experience, and belief in God for the functioning of the brain. In effect, he sketched a neurophenomenology of what R. Otto called the experience of the “nu…

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Hefner, Philip, “d'Aquili, Eugene”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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