publication . Article . 2018

The Return of Perennial Perspectives? Why Transpersonal Psychology Should Remain Open to Essentialism

Taylor, SM;
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  • Published: 13 Jun 2018 Journal: International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, volume 36, pages 75-92 (issn: 1321-0122, eissn: 1942-3241, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
  • Country: United Kingdom
In reply to Hartelius’s (2016) response to my paper “From Philosophy to Phenomenology: The Argument for a ‘Soft’ Perennialism” (Taylor, 2016a), I provide arguments in support of my model from contemporary scholars of mysticism, who advocate a move from a philosophically-based perennialism to a phenomenologically-based essentialism. This discussion illustrates that perennialist perspectives are far from outmoded.
free text keywords: Philosophy, Applied Psychology, Religious studies, Epistemology, Transpersonal psychology, Contextualism, Mysticism, Phenomenology (philosophy), Psychology, Anthropology, Educational perennialism, Metaphysics, Essentialism
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