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Integral Theory in Action
Applied, Theoretical, and Constructive Perspectives on the AQAL Model
Integral Theory in Action
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Sean Esbjörn-Hargens - Editor
Roger Walsh - Foreword by
Ken Wilber - Afterword
SUNY series in Integral Theory
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 475 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3385-9
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3385-1

Price: $34.95 
Paperback - 475 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3384-0
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3384-4

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Leading scholar-practitioners discuss the strengths, limits, and potential of Integral Theory and the AQAL model.

In a world as complex as ours, an Integral approach is needed to help sort through a dynamic landscape and respond effectively to individual and collective challenges. Integral Theory in Action provides the first multiauthored overview of such an approach. Integral Theory is the result of thirty years of research and is being applied in over thirty-five distinct disciplines. This volume brings together two dozen leading scholar-practitioners who are actively applying integral principles and who address a range of issues from an integral perspective, including climate change, embodiment, feminist aesthetics, community discourse, treatment of depression, developmental theory, and global ethics. The strengths, limitations, and potential of Integral Theory and Ken Wilber’s AQAL model are weighed by each contributor. This collection pushes the field of Integral Theory in new ways and new directions, and provides a comprehensive overview that makes it an invaluable resource for any integral effort.

“This represents the first flowering of a new theoretical movement that has potential implications for the full spectrum of disciplinary inquiry as well as for significant areas of practical application, from ethics and development assessment to climate change.” — Sean M. Kelly, author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens is Associate Professor and Founding Chair of the Integral Theory Program at John F. Kennedy University. He is the coeditor (with Jonathan Reams and Olen Gunnlaugson) of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning, also published by SUNY Press; the coauthor (with Michael E. Zimmerman) of Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World;and Executive Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword: The Integral Enterprise: Current Frontiers and Possible Futures
Roger N. Walsh

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

Prologue: The Academic Emergence of Integral Theory: Reflections on and Clarifications of the 1st Biennial Integral Theory Conference
Mark D. Forman and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

1. An Overview of Integral Theory: An All-Inclusive Framework for the Twenty-First Century
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

I. Applied Perspectives

2.Responding to Climate Change: The Need for an Integral Approach
Karen O’Brien

3.Embodiment, an Ascending and Descending Development
Theresa Silow

4. Beauty and the Expansion of Women’s Identity
Vanessa D. Fisher

5. Writing to Effect: Textual Form as Realization in an Integral Community
Michele Chase

6. An Integral Understanding of the Etiology of Depression
Elliott Ingersoll

II. Theoretical Perspectives

7. Now You Get It, Now You Don’t: Developmental Differences in the Understanding of Integral Theory and Practice
Zachary Stein

8. The Final Cause of Cosmic Development: Nondual Spirit or the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
Michael E. Zimmerman

9. Frames of AQAL, Integral Critical Theory, and the Emerging Integral Arts
Michael Schwartz

10. Integral Situational Ethical Pluralism: An Overview of a Second-Tier Ethic for the Twenty-First Century
Randy Martin

11. An Integral Map of Perspective-Taking
Clint Fuhs

12. Second-Tier Gains and Challenges in Ego Development
Susanne Cook-Greuter

III. Constructive Perspectives

13. Rhizomatic Contributions to Integral Ecology in Deleuze and Guattari
Sam Mickey

14. Exploring Epistemic Wisdom: Ethical and Practical Implications of Integral Studies and Methodological Pluralism for Collaboration and Knowledge-Building
Tom Murray

15. Appropriation in Integral Theory: The Case of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s “Untold” Integral View
Charles I. Flores

16. Of Elephants and Butterflies: An Integral Metatheory for Organizational Transformation
Mark Edwards

17. Developmental Action Inquiry: A Distinct Integral Theory That Actually Integrates Developmental Theory, Practice, and Research
William R. Torbert, Reut Livne-Tarandach, David McCallum, Aliki Nicolaides, and Elaine Herdman-Barker

Afterword: The Dawn of an Integral Age
Ken Wilber


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