Ken Wilber: Thought as Passion


The first comprehensive overview of the life and thought of the American philosopher Ken Wilber.
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The first comprehensive overview of the life and thought of the American philosopher Ken Wilber.
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Described by the publisher as "an Internet specialist who studied the psychology of religion," Visser more than adequately acquits himself in expounding the thinking of Ken Wilber-the popular "guru of transpersonal psychology." This relatively new field of study considers the whole gamut of human endeavors that can lead to self-actualization, including consciousness studies, mind-body relationships, and spiritual inquiries, among others. Wilber's especial concern in this field is spiritual; his many published works are all oriented to showing how contemporary thinking (especially the scientific) is materialistic and also mistaken in devaluing the ultimately more important subjective, spiritual elements of human existence. He has developed an elaborate system based on Eastern mystical experiences (he meditates regularly, we are told) and ideas that Visser clearly finds compelling. It is clear that Wilber considers himself a pioneering "philosopher," but contemporary academic philosophy would insist that mystical revelations must, in the final analysis, be judged on the truth claims they make, and here it would find that Wilber had not adequately dealt with that aspect of his system. Public libraries would be the most logical and natural place for this book.-Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Frank Visser is an internet specialist who studied the psychology of religion at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and is the author of Seven Spheres.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Who is Ken Wilber? "I'm a Pandit, Not a Guru" 17
Ch. 2 A Flying Start: "Consciousness Is Like a Spectrum" 43
Ch. 3 Crisis and Reorientation: In Search of a New Footing 71
Ch. 4 Further Refinements: Scientific and Social Issues 111
Ch. 5 Love, Death, and Rebirth: Years of Test and Trial 151
Ch. 6 An Even Broader Horizon: A Multidimensional View of Spirit 179
Ch. 7 Ken Wilber in Perspective: The Backbone of Wilber's Model 243
Notes 287
Bibliography 311
Index 321
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