Practicing Transcendence

Axial Age Spiritualities for a World in Crisis

Authors: Peet, Christopher

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  • Argues for radical transformation of our practices of consumption and of our potential for violent conflict as a necessary response to a 21st century world in crisis
  • Explores the effects of spiritual practice for both personal and communal resilience to counter contemporary end of the world anxieties and tribalism
  • Looks to history to inform solutions to present-day problems such as global warming and political strife
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This book introduces readers to the concept of the Axial Age and its relevance for a world in crisis. Scholars have become increasingly interested in philosopher Karl Jaspers’ thesis that a spiritual revolution in consciousness during the first millennium BCE decisively shaped world history. Axial ideas of transcendence develop into ideologies for world religions and civilizations, in turn coalescing into a Eurasian world-system that spreads globally to become the foundation of our contemporary world. Alongside ideas and ideologies, the Axial Age also taught spiritual practices critically resisting the new scale of civilizational power: in small counter-cultural communities on the margins of society, they turn our conscious focus inward to transform ourselves and overcome the destructive potentials within human nature.  Axial spiritualities offer humanity a practical wisdom, a profound psychology, and deep hope: to transform despair into resilience, helping us face with courage the ecological and political challenges confronting us today.

About the authors

Christopher Peet, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Relevance of the Axial Age for a World in Crisis

    Pages 1-31

    Peet, Christopher

  • World in Crisis

    Pages 33-61

    Peet, Christopher

  • Karl Jaspers and the Axial Age

    Pages 63-98

    Peet, Christopher

  • The Axial Age in Context: The Growth of Civilization and the Expansion of Power

    Pages 99-143

    Peet, Christopher

  • Sociology of the Axial Age Civilizations

    Pages 145-219

    Peet, Christopher

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practicing Transcendence
Book Subtitle
Axial Age Spiritualities for a World in Crisis
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14432-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14432-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14431-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 354
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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