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Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality

Secular Spirituality

The Next Step Towards Enlightenment

Authors: Walach, Harald

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  • Addresses the conceptual and historical gap between spirituality and science
  • Shows that scientific enlightenment cannot be complete unless it includes spirituality as a topic for scientific scrutiny
  • Argues that religion is the societal and historic form of spirituality
  • Proposes the building of bridges between the societal movement towards spirituality and the scientific enterprise
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About this book

This book discusses spirituality as an emerging scientific topic from a historical perspective, with extensive discussion of the mind-body problem and of scientific concepts of consciousness. While the book focuses on the Western tradition of ‘Enlightenment’, it also implicitly addresses the double meaning of the term, with the Eastern tradition describing it as ‘a state of true knowledge, which is an important goal on an individual’s spiritual path’ and the Western tradition seeing it as ‘the collective process of getting rid of narrow-minded dogmas and concepts’. The book is based on a simple yet challenging premise: Science has not gone far enough in the scientific process of going from a collective mind tied up in dogmatic teachings to a truly free mind that, seemingly, freed itself from bondage and restrictions. The book shows that science, and with it our whole Western culture, has to incorporate spirituality if it is to realize this goal of enlightenment. If that is done, and it can only be done by many individuals actually practicing spirituality, this will also lead to the individual type of enlightenment.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Dr. Harald Walach is a German psychologist, medical researcher, and historian and philosopher of science. He is currently director of the Institute of Transcultural Health Sciences at the European University Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-09345-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-09344-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-38439-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secular Spirituality
Book Subtitle
The Next Step Towards Enlightenment
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09345-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09345-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09344-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38439-9
Series ISSN
2211-8918
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 216
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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