book is a classic in the field of mysticism and has been long out of
print, and practically unavailable: The only copy in the Auckland public
library system went missing some years ago. For this reason I have made
substantial portions of the book available on this site (along with
The basic thesis
Stace advances in this book is that mysticism is an area of experience
that is neither objective nor subjective, and one that is beyond the
laws of logic.
Logic is the
set of rules which governs relationships between a multiplicity of
things. When that multiplicity disappears in the undifferentiated unity
of the mystical experience, so does logic, and so does the subsequent
order/disorder which Stace postulates as the feature that distinguishes
objective from subjective reality.
The area is then ripe for and replete with paradox as a characteristic feature of attempts to describe it. DCW