Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/1/2
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In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilber traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceive of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.
"A timely and bold wake-up call for humanity."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Hugely informed, outspoken, and deeply illumined, Ken Wilber's penetrating insights uplevel the whole game of understanding human beings and human history."—Branches of Light
"The scope of the work is extraordinary. Only a handful of thinkers, such as Aurobindo in the East and Hegel in the West, have assembled such vast evolutionary visions. Yet Wilber's view is unique not only in providing a far-reaching vision but also in grounding that vision in contemporary research in fields such as cosmology, biology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and ecology."—Roger Walsh, Resurgence
"Wilber possesses the rare combination of a deep, advanced spiritual practice with a sharp wit, brain power and scholarship to rival the finest Princeton Ph.D. . . . Sex, Ecology, Spirituality rewards the reader with a comprehensive, nondualistic, and sophisticated analysis of our world and consciousness."—Green Living
"Wilber's book is essential reading as a transplanetary survey of our problems and our possibilities. This is a book to live with for the next five years, and carry with you long into the next century."—David Boadella, Journal of Family Life
"Wilber is without a doubt one of the most significant thinkers of our time and brings a fresh understanding to our cultural situation and the prospects for an integral worldview in the next century. He displays a staggering erudition . . . a profound intuitive understanding and a highly developed analytical capacity. The combination is breathtaking. . . . Any thinker concerned with the big picture will find Wilber's work a gold-mine of insights which make compulsory reading for the 21st century."—Network: The Scientific and Medical Network Review
"Exhaustive exploration of the history of consciousness."—Parabola
"I think the most significant recent development in the field [of Transpersonal Psychology] is the publication of Ken Wilber's book, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality . I would encourage anyone interested in exploring the field in depth to read this volume."—Gnosis Magazine
"The twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber. This book, written with remarkable scholarly breadth and depth, is exactly the medicine we need for the new century and the new millennium: not because it will make us feel good, which it surely might, but because it can jolt us awake."—Jack Crittenden, Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism
My respect for Ken Wilber has gone from mild to high after re-reading this book with updated preface, discovering that he wrote this book in righteous anger, as he counters the worldwide infestation of Cultural Marxism, Pluralistic Relativism and full-blown Postmodernism - the sick, bankrupt, but dominant ideology propounded from every corner and crevice.
This book is a deep and masterly look at the concepts and realities of Hierarchy and Holarchy. It is an excellent carry on from the work of many holistically-minded thinkers, especially of Arthur Koestler who first conceived of holon theory.
To his credit, Ken does justice to the thought of Hegel, Schelling, Whitehead, Emerson and other Idealists and sages. I'd have liked it if he had have included the great George Berkeley. But few writers ever mention him and his ideas today, so it's not too surprising.
Nevertheless, if your interested in dismantling the principles of Materialism, this will be a veritable Bible. Ken takes down the silliness scientifically, which is a commendable feat and asset.
Ken brilliantly explains the central ideas of Jean Piaget and particularly of the great poet and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are also beautiful and inspiring sections dealing with the mystical experiences and insights of St. Teresa of Avila.
In forthcoming editions it would be nice to see bolder opening dedications to both Georg Hegel and Friedrich Schelling, and more on Berkeley of course.
I recommend Arthur Koestler's superb trilogy:
"Ghost in the Machine"
and "Act of Creation"
These are a must have for fans of Ken's ideas. These three books are becoming increasingly hard to find, and soon will be selling for exorbitant mark ups. Get them while you can.
See my Schellingzone site for more titles and thinkers.
On the other hand, Ken's books remain difficult to read because he is so concerned that his points get instilled, that he repeats/recapitulates his arguments in 10 different ways for each one! I'd give him 5 stars but for this.