Ferrer, J. N. (2002)
Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory
Vision of Human Spirituality.
Albany (New York): State University New York
REVISIONING TRANSPERSONAL THEORY
A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality
JORGE N. FERRER
Foreward by Richard Tarnas
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.
"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
"Ferrer's narrative opens one surprise after
another until slowly the reader begins to '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 theory, that is the true accomplishment of this work.
Revisioning Transpersonal Theory represents a significant turning
point in transpersonal thought."
-- Christopher M. Bache, author of Dark Night, Early Dawn:
Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind
JORGE N. FERRER is Assistant Professor of East-West
Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
A volume in the SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic
Richard D. Mann, editor.