by Ken Wilber
With 800+ pages, this is not a light read. It’s been both very highly applauded and significantly criticised. Yet it remains a foundational, must-read work for anyone with a serious interest in consciousness and evolution.
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 conceives of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.
From the Integral Life website:
Often referred to as the “Einstein of consciousness studies”, Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life.
Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today… with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. …
Ken is the originator of the world’s first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory.” As Wilber himself puts it: “I’d like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies” — something that is becoming increasingly necessary in order to navigate and thrive in today’s world.