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The Spiritual Quest : transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science

Torrance, Robert M.
Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1994

"Robert Torrance argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. Shaman and scientist, medium, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world. Instead, he presents the full diversity of the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal peoples throughout the world. 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."Publisher's Description