Lives in Spirit

Lives in Spirit : Precursors and Dilemmas of a Secular Western Mysticism

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Lives in Spirit explores the dynamic conflicts that both energized and distorted the spiritual development of key precursor figures of a contemporary secular or "this-worldly" mysticism. With its historical roots in the early Gnostics and Plotinus, this characteristically Western spirituality re-emerges with the secularization and loss of traditional religious belief of modernity. The lives, works, and direct experiences of Nietzsche, Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, Heidegger, Gurdjieff, Crowley, and contemporary feminist mysticism are considered in terms of transpersonal psychology (Almaas), the sociology of mysticism (Weber and Troeltsch), and contemporary psychoanalysis (Winnicott, Bion, Kohut). Spiritual or essential experience is seen as an inherent form of human intelligence, which while potentially and even increasingly impacted by personal dynamics and social crisis, is not reducible to them.
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  • Hardback | 369 pages
  • 150.4 x 241.3 x 22.1mm | 603.29g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791458032
  • 9780791458037

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"Harry T. Hunt's informative and insightful study of 'inner worldly mysticism' gives a cogent discussion of the kind of mystical inclination that arises in our secular culture and the pitfalls inherent in such spiritual forms. His first-hand familiarity with the Diamond Approach gives him the depth and breadth to use some of its concepts in contextualizing both the achievements and limitations of influential figures such as Plotinus, Nietzsche, Jung, and Maslow (in a way that clarifies modern forms of Western spirituality)."
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About Harry T. Hunt

Harry T. Hunt is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Brock University. He is the author of On the Nature of Consciousness: Cognitive, Phenomenological, and Transpersonal Perspectives and The Multiplicity of Dreams: Memory, Imagination, and Consciousness.
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