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In philosophy, mystical realism is a view concerning the nature of the divine. The philosophical use of the term originated with the Russian philosopher Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev in his published article, titled "Decadentism and Mystical Realism".
It has two components: a metaphysical and an epistemological. The metaphysical component rests on a distinction between the concepts "real" and "exist". Something exists if it: