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by Robert M. Torrance

eBook The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence  in Myth, Religion, and Science ePub
Author: Robert M. Torrance
Language: English
ISBN: 0520211596
ISBN13: 978-0520211599
Publisher: University of California Press (October 1, 1997)
Pages: 330
Category: Other Religions Practices & Sacred Texts
Subcategory: Religios
Rating: 4.9
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The Spiritual Quest Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science Robert M. Torrance UNIVERSITY .

For Donna "All I had sought" and my children.

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest . This is a book that will expand our knowledge-and awareness-of . .

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. In theorizing about the quest, Torrance draws on thinkers as diverse as Bergson and Piaget, van Gennep and Turner, Pierce and Popper, Freud, Darwin, and Chomsky. This is a book that will expand our knowledge-and awareness-of a fundamental human activity in all its fascinating complexity.

The Spiritual Quest is scholar Robert Torrance's elaboration of his theory that the impulse to seek higher spiritual levels is intrinsic to human nature, and is even the defining component of humanity. Drawing on shamanic traditions around the world, he counters strict materialist notions of human nature with sophisticated arguments from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. Torrance (comparative literature, Univ. of California, Davis) argues that the spiritual quest is innate, grounded in biological, linguistic, and psychological processes. Ritual, myth, and spirit possession are all manifestations of this quest.

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological . Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world. Yet Torrance is not trying to reduce the quest to an "archetype" or "monomyth.

The Spiritual Quest book. Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature.

Find sources: "Robert Torrance" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (September 2011) (Learn . The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science, University of California Press (1994).

Find sources: "Robert Torrance" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (September 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Torrance received his . from Harvard in Greek and English, his . at UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature, and his P. at Harvard in Comparative Literature. Dante's Inferno, A New Translation in Terza Rima, X-libris (2011).

Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science. University of california press. central terms will become apparent as the book progresses, but in brief by. Berkeley · Los Angeles · Oxford. spirit. I. mean the dynamic potentiality latent but unrealized in the given (much as form, in. Aristotle's terminology, is potential in matter), and by. quest. the deliberate effort to.

University of california press. Preferred Citation: Torrance, Robert M. The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science. Berkeley: University of California Press, c. org/ark:/13030/ft4g50068d/.

This is a book that will expand our knowledge-and awareness-of a fundamental human activity in all its fascinating complexity.

Yet Torrance is not trying to reduce the quest to an "archetype" or "monomyth. Instead, he presents the full diversity of the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal peoples throughout the world, from Oceania to India, Africa, Siberia, and especially the Americas.

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature.

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world.Yet Torrance is not trying to reduce the quest to an "archetype" or "monomyth." Instead, he presents the full diversity of the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal peoples throughout the world, from Oceania to India, Africa, Siberia, and especially the Americas. In theorizing about the quest, Torrance draws on thinkers as diverse as Bergson and Piaget, van Gennep and Turner, Pierce and Popper, Freud, Darwin, and Chomsky. This is a book that will expand our knowledge―and awareness―of a fundamental human activity in all its fascinating complexity.
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This book is terrible !! Like the previous reviewer, the way this person writes is not the way an average person reads or writes. The author uses big words and makes no sense in my opinion. Do not get this book if you want an easily understandable book on religion. I'm being forced to read this book for my class in college and then have to write a book review on it.
Alsanadar
There is so much good in this book it is a shame the good professor had to obscure his message with 'academic' and 'intellectual' fireworks. For whom? Other professors? I dunno, but this is not for the average Joe hoping to educate himself regarding mankind's earliest natural inclinations toward 'spiritual experience.'

Based on the book's title you might expect it to be a more general survey of what we mean when we speak of our deepest earliest attempts to explain the ineffable. No doubt our earliest ancestors [at least the more thoughtful ones] were dazzled by the mysteries all around them. The sunrise, the night sky, extremes of weather, their own feelings of joy and sorrow, of instinct to love another, or the murderous rages which also appeared as surely then as now. I thought this book was an exploration of all that and maybe it is; how can one know when confronted with sentences like this [ONE sentence on page 290]:

"It is not Propp's linear or 'syntagmatic' analysis of the sequence of functions composing the Russian wondertale but Levi-Strauss's 'paradigmatic' analysis of oral myths, with its claim, based on a shaky linguistic analogy, to discover underlying binary oppositions between raw and cooked, nature and culture, and so on, that students of folklore such as Dundes [1964, 42-47, and 1968, xii-xiii; cf. Liberman, xix-xliv] have found arbitrary, subjective, and impossible to verify."

Gack! That is one sentence. Such obscurity is uncalled for, IMO. I know--someone will say it is unfair to quote one sentence out of context. Ordinarily I would agree. But when confronted with that type of supposed 'information and communication' what can a reviewer do? I do admit I am not well educated nor am I the most intelligent person you'll meet- but,If you are among those rare ones that enjoy this 'deep' [haha] way of writing, well then, here's your book because there really is a lot of great information buried therein. Enjoy.

If you really want to learn about 'the spiritual quest', I would recommend [among many others] books like Carl Jung's 'Man And His Symbols', or William James' 'Varieties Of Religious Experience' or Joseph Campbell's wonderful four volume, 'The Masks Of God' or perhaps Aldous Huxley's masterpiece, 'The Perennial Philosophy.'
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