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Ken Wilber
Thought as Passion
Ken Wilber
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Frank Visser - Author
Ken Wilber - Foreword by
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
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Hardcover - 346 pages
Release Date: September 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5815-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5815-0

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Paperback - 346 pages
Release Date: August 2003
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Release Date: February 2012
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The first comprehensive overview of the life and thought of the American philosopher Ken Wilber.

This is the definitive guide to the life and work of Ken Wilber, widely regarded as the most comprehensive and passionate philosopher of our times. In this long overdue exploration of Wilber's life and work, Frank Visser not only outlines the theories of this profound thinker, but also uncovers his personal life, showing how his experiences influenced and shaped his writing.

Wilber's impressive body of work, including nineteen books in more than thirty languages, brings together science and religion, philosophy, art, culture, East and West, and places them within the all-encompassing perspective of evolution. Visser's book follows Wilber's four distinct phases as he reveals not only the story behind Wilber's writing, but also the man behind the ideas. In recounting the course of Wilber's life and the motives that led him to the subjects he has written so much about, Visser uncovers the intricacies of one of the world's most important intellectuals. Included in this indispensable resource is a complete bibliography of Wilber's work.

“Visser admirably captures Ken Wilber the person, spiritual practitioner, developmental psychologist, philosopher, integral theoretician, and most translated American author of academic books … For those whose own passion inquires at the door for an integral spirituality, Visser as butler leads us into Wilber’s loft where an extraordinary processing of the Formless is being formed and reformed.” — Religious Studies Review

"Visser … offers a chronologically organized account of the development of Wilber's thought that incorporates significant biographical detail. The result is a clear, helpful, and in-depth introduction organized around four chapters describing the stages that Wilber himself has identified as significant in the development of his thought. Visser's personal access to Wilber brings warmth and nuance to the presentation, while reference to the works of Wilber's critics ensures balance. Visser provides a comprehensive bibliography of Wilber’s publications, helpful notes, and an index. Recommended." — CHOICE

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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.' … Public libraries would be the most logical and natural place for this book." — Library Journal

"Finally, in a single highly readable edition we have a description of the life and work of one of the most controversial and profound thinkers of our age. Despite, or indeed because of, the prodigious number of books, articles, and interviews that Ken Wilber has produced over the years, most readers know little of the history of his intellectual, spiritual, or private lives, and only a few have attempted to keep track of the complex and fascinating intricacies of his thinking on topics as diverse as transpersonal psychology, religion, sociology, and European philosophy. In these pages we get both the big picture and a good read. Here is a gift to everyone interested in the life and work of a spiritual and philosophical genius." — Allan Combs, author of The Radiance of Being: Complexity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness

"This book is an excellent overview and introduction to the extraordinary work of Ken Wilber, a visionary genius of our time." — Frances Vaughan, author of Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions

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

FOREWORD
Ken Wilber

INTRODUCTION

Ken Wilber: The person and his work
The structure of this book

1. WHO IS KEN WILBUR? "I'M A PANDIT, NOT A GURU"

Top of the class
"An entirely new world"
"Life for me was sour"
"The Einstein of consciousness research"
"The lonely pursuit of the writer"
The Kosmos trilogy
"A fundamental pattern"
So, yet another Grand Theory?
"I'm a pandit, not a guru"
The seven faces of Ken Wilber

2. A FLYING START: "CONSCIOUSNESS IS LIKE A SPECTRUM"

What is transpersonal psychology?
The perennial philosophy as a guiding concept
A "perennial psychology"
The spectrum of consciousness

Evolution--the movement from Spirit to embodied individual
Involution--the movement from embodied individual to Spirit

Consciousness without boundaries
"And yet, something was definitely wrong . . ."

3. CRISIS AND REORIENTATION: IN SEARCH OF A NEW FOOTING

"Instantly the entire scheme became clear"
A forgotten truth
The search for the Self

Developmental psychology as a starting point
The prepersonal
The personal
The transpersonal
General principles of development
Pause for thought

A fall from Paradise?

Cultural evolution
The evolution of religion
New Age or Dark Age?

"No longer lost in thoughts"
To sum up . . .

4. FURTHER REFINEMENTS: SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES

Towards a New Paradigm?

The three eyes of knowledge
Three types of science
The pre/trans fallacy
A further refinement of the developmental model

Physics and mysticism: An unhappy marriage?

A holographic paradigm?
Quantum questions

Transpersonal sociology

Methodological considerations
The new religious movements

The stage model is complete

5. LOVE, DEATH, AND REBIRTH: YEARS OF TEST AND TRIAL

"Love at first touch"
"I went into a profound depression"
"My path has been Buddhist"
"I do not condemn the entire New Age movement"
"And that is what Treya had done for me"
Death and rebirth in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

6. AN EVEN BROADER HORIZON: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL VIEW OF SPIRIT

The Kosmos trilogy

Popular holism falls short
Individual and cultural progress
The four quadrants
The collapse into flatland
Ascending and descending spirituality

An interview . . . with himself

The four quadrants revisited
Global consciousness as a platform
In the grip of flatland

The eye of spirit

The integral approach
Is humanity evolving?
The ever-present Spirit

The integration of science and religion

A closer look at science and religion
Earlier attempts at integration
The integral agenda

The taste of Oneness

A day in the life
Pitfalls on the Path
Continuity of consciousness

The Collected Works
Integral Psychology
Boomeritis
A theory of everything
The Integral Institute
"By far the most productive years of my entire life"
Towards a post-metaphysical spirituality

7. KEN WILBER IN PERSPECTIVE: THE BACKBONE OF WILBER'S MODEL

Materialist science: the domain of matter

Is there an inner dimension?
"The hard problem"
Back to introspection

Orthodox psychology: the domain of the personality

The realms of nature
The stage paradigm
Philosophy of development

Transpersonal psychology: the domain of the soul

Wilber versus Jung
Wilber's main opponents
The Wilber conference in San Francisco

Metaphysical religion: the domain of Spirit

The perennialists
The theosophical tradition
A Western Vedanta?

Epilogue: The map and the territory

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books by Ken Wilber
Complete bibliography of Ken Wilber

INDEX



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