venerdì 6 agosto 2010

My paper for the Integral Theory Conference 2010, which was awarded with a honorary mention in the category Constructive Criticism, is now online: THE 'SPIRIT OF EVOLUTION' RECONSIDERED - Relating Ken Wilber's view of spiritual evolution to the current evolution debates - Frank Visser

How should Ken Wilber's stance on evolutionary theory and neo-Darwinism be evaluated? Evolution is a central concept in Wilber's oeuvre as evidenced by expressions such as: "The Spirit of Evolution", "Evolution as Spirit-in-Action" and "Evolutionary Spirituality". 
For Wilber, evolution is a spiritual phenomenon, both guided by as well as heading towards Spirit. Yet, in mainstream evolutionary theory, the term "evolution" has quite different connotations. 
Does integral theory have a substantial contribution to make to the subject of evolutionary theory or is it merely producing metaphors that provide meaning and significance for those in search of an uplifting philosophy of life?

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