REVISIONING TRANSPERSONAL THEORY:

A PARTICIPATORY VISION OF HUMAN SPIRITUALITY

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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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Richard Tarnas


Preface

1. Transpersonal Theory--Now and Then

PART I. DECONSTRUCTION

2. The Experiential Vision of Human Spirituality

3. The Empiricist Colonization of Spirituality

4. Trouble in Paradise: The Perennial Philosophy Revisited

PART II. RECONSTRUCTION

5. The Participatory Nature of Spiritual Knowing

6. An Ocean with Many Shores: The Challenge of Spiritual Pluralism

7. After the Participatory Turn

8. A More Relaxed Spiritual Universalism

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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

"This is a brilliant and mature book that is bound to become a classic. Extremely well researched and documented and full of remarkable insights and ideas, it is not only an important original contribution to the theory of transpersonal psychology, but also a work that brings clarity into many problem areas that in the past were plagued by confusion and controversy. It very likely will prove influential in determining which direction the development of transpersonal psychology will take in the future."-- Stanislav Grof, author of Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

"This is a profoundly liberating book. Ferrer’s masterful analysis lays the groundwork for resolving the crisis of transpersonal theory. If the founding works of transpersonal psychology by Maslow and Grof  constituted its declaration of independence, then this book may well be seen as its emancipation proclamation, its “new birth in freedom.”  For here transpersonal theory is liberated from that mortgage to the past, those constraining assumptions and principles inherited from its Enlightenment and modern scientific origins."-- Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View. 

"Ferrer's narrative opens one surprise after another until the readers begins to slowly 'wake up' and finds him or herself thinking about old problems in a new way. It is learning how to think in this fresh way, free from the grid of conventional transpersonal psychology, that is the true accomplishment of this work. Revisioning Transpersonal Theory represents a significant turning point in transpersonal thought."

Christopher Bache, author of Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind.

“A fascinating and excellent companion to the work of Ken Wilber, this volume is written in a respectful yet challenging manner that offers the reader an intellectual exercise in transpersonal history. Ferrer’s thoughts have a good deal in common with those of Chogyan Trungpa and Alan Watts, but with a very analytical edge. Highly recommended.” ― CHOICE

"Anyone interested in the spiritual path in the 21st century should find this book illuminating and insightful. Ferrer's ideas are subtly subversive, slowly weaving a revolutionary spell. I have found that I return to it again and again. Ferrer is not only a brilliant thinker, he's good company."-- Bill Rice, Amazon Review