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the 4 Quadrants in Ken Wilber's 'integral philosophy' 

Most people find the four quadrants a little difficult to grasp at first, then very simple to use. The quadrants refer to the fact that anything can be looked at from four perspectives, so to speak: we can look at something from the inside or from the outside, and in the singular or the plural. For example, my own consciousness in this moment. I can look at it from the inside, in which case I see all my various feelings, hopes, fears, sensations, and perceptions that I might have in any given moment. This is the first-person or phenomenal view, described in "I" language. But consciousness can also be looked at in an objective, "scientific" fashion, in which case I might conclude that my consciousness is the product of objective brain mechanisms and neurophysiological systems. This is the third-person or objective view, described in "it" language. Those are the inside and the outside views of my own consciousness.

But my consciousness or self does not exist in a vacuum; it exists in a community of other selves. So in addition to a singular view of consciousness, we can look at how consciousness exists in the plural (as part of a group, a community, a collective). And just as we can look at the inside and the outside of the individual, we can look at the inside and the outside of the collective. We can try to understand any group of people from the inside, in a sympathetic resonance of mutual understanding; or we can try to look at them from the outside, in a detached and objective manner (both views can be useful, as long as we honor each).

excerpt from "Waves, Streams, States and Self"
"The Eye of Spirit" - Ken Wilber


what is an 'integral philosophy'?

"An integral approach is dedicated to an all-level, all-quadrant program, honoring the entire spectrum of consciousness, not just in the I-domain, but also in the we and the it domains, thus integrating art, morals, and science; self, ethics, and environment; consciousness, culture, and nature; Buddha, Sangha, and Dharma; the beautiful and the good and the true.

In the following chapters, we will see very concrete examples of each of these many facets of the Kosmos, as we attempt to weave them into a blanket of many colors.

And who knows, we might, you and I just might, in the upper reaches of the spectrum of consciousness itself, directly intuit the mind of some eternal Spirit — a Spirit that shines forth in every I and every we and every it, a Spirit that sings as the rain and dances as the wind, a Spirit of which every conversation is the sincerest worship, a Spirit that speaks with your tongue and looks out from your eyes, that touches with these hands and cries out with this voice — and a Spirit that has always whis­pered lovingly in our ears: Never forget the Good, and never forget the True, and never forget the Beautiful.

The integral vision is the modern and postmodern attempt to honor just that pledge."

excerpt from the introduction - "The Eye of Spirit"







the eye of spirit
an integral vision for a world gone slightly mad
ken wilber

Preface to the third edition
Foreword by Jack Crittenden

   What is the meaning of "Integral"?
A note to the reader
   On God and Politics

Introduction: An Integral Vision: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful

1. The Spectrum of Consciousness: Integral Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy
2. In a Modern Light: Integral Anthropology and the Evolution of Cultures
3. Eye to Eye: Integral Philosophy and the Quest for the Real
4. Integral Art and Literary Theory: Part 1
5. Integral Art and Literary Theory: Part 2
6. The Recaptured God: The Retro
-Romantic Agenda and Its Liabilities
7. Born Again: Stan Grof and the Holotropic Mind
8. Integral Feminism: Sex and Gender on the Moral and Spiritual Path
9. How Straight is the Spiritual Path? The Rel
ation of Psychological and Spiritual Growth
10. The Effects of Meditation: Speeding up the Ascent to God and the Descent of the Goddess
11. Heading toward Omega? Where exactly Is the Ground of Being?
Waves, Streams, States and Self: A Summary of my Psychological Model
   (Or, Outline of an Integral Psychology?
13. Always Already: The Brilliant Clarity of Ever Present Awareness





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