Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality

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SUNY Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 273 pages
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In his striking debut, Jorge N. Ferrer deconstructs and reconstructs the entire transpersonal project, articulating a more sophisticated, pluralistic, and spiritually grounded transpersonal theory. He brings recent ideas in epistemology and the philosophy of science to bear upon core issues in the psychology and philosophy of religion. The book’s first half (Deconstruction) describes the nature and origins of the prevailing vision that has guided transpersonal scholarship so far, and identifies some of its main conceptual and practical limitations: subtle Cartesianism, spiritual narcissism, intrasubjective empiricism, and reductionistic universalism. In the second half of the book (Reconstruction), Ferrer suggests a way of reconceiving transpersonal ideas without these limitations—a participatory vision of human spirituality, one which not only places transpersonal studies in greater alignment with the values of the spiritual quest, but also discloses a rich variety of spiritual liberations, spiritual worlds, and even ultimate realities.
 

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Contents

TRANSPERSONAL THEORY NOW AND THEN
1
DECONSTRUCTION
13
THE EXPERIENTIAL VISION OF HUMAN SPIRITUALITY
15
THE EMPIRICIST COLONIZATION OF SPIRITUALITY
41
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
71
RECONSTRUCTtON
113
THE PARTICIPATORY NATURE OF SPIRITUAL KNOWING
115
AN OCEAN WITH MANY SHORES THE CHALLENGE OF SPIRITUAL PLURALISM
133
AFTER THE PARTICIPATORY TURN
159
A MORE RELAXED SPIRITUAL UNIVERSALISM
183
NOTES
193
REFERENCES
227
INDEX
257
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Jorge N. Ferrer is Assistant Professor of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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