Spirituality and transpersonalism

Authored by: B. Les Lancaster , Ellis H. Linders

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315445489-6

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Abstract

In this essay, we use the term ‘transpersonalism’ to convey what is common across a range of approaches that are designated as ‘transpersonal’. Examples would be transpersonal psychology (Friedman and Hartelius 2013), transpersonal anthropology (Laughlin, McManus and Shearer 1983), and transpersonal ecology (Fox 1990). With this in mind, an immediate distinction between spirituality and transpersonalism becomes clear: whilst the former refers to an individual’s personal search for meaning, the latter is more concerned with ways of knowing, especially when this involves scholarly approaches with their rigorous criteria.

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