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A Daniel Come To Judgement?: Dennett and the Revisioning of Transpersonal Theory

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Abstract:

Transpersonal psychology first emerged as an academic discipline in the 1960s and has subsequently broadened into a range of transpersonal studies. Jorge Ferrer (2002) has called for a 'revisioning' of transpersonal theory, dethroning inner experience from its dominant role in defining and validating spiritual reality. In the current paradigm he detects a lingering Cartesianism, which subtly entrenches the very subject-object divide that transpersonalists seek to overcome. This paper outlines the development and current shape of the transpersonal movement, compares Ferrer's epistemology with the heterophenomenology of Daniel Dennett, and speculates on the integration of the latter into transpersonal theory.

Keywords: Dennett; Ferrer; heterophenomenology; inner experience; revisioning; transpersonal

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: anthony@imprint.co.uk

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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