September 1, 2007
The newly emerging integral perspective represents the next crucial step in the development of our civilization. As McIntosh convincingly demonstrates, the integral worldview’s transformational potential provides a way for us to literally become the change we want to see in the world. Through its new understanding of the evolution of consciousness and culture, the enlarged way of seeing things known as integral consciousness offers realistic and pragmatic solutions to our growing global problems, both environmental and political.
Looking at history, we can see that large-scale social progress has almost always been made through the emergence of new sets of values and expanded perspectives that provide an entirely new view of the world. We can thus expect that in this century a better future will come to us in the same way as it has come before – in the form of a transcendent new world view that brings new truths, new beauty, and new ideals of morality. This is the bright promise of the integral perspective.
This is really two books in one; the first half serves as an accessible and highly readable introduction to the power of integral consciousness, with the second half making a variety of original contributions to the integral perspective and breaking new ground in the application of integral philosophy to politics and spirituality. Moreover, McIntosh provides a much-needed contextualization and critique of the integral worldview’s leading author, Ken Wilber, which helps make integral philosophy relevant to a larger audience.
Steve McIntosh is an independent scholar and long-time participant in progressive culture. He is an original member of the Integral Institute think tank, and has taught integral philosophy to a wide variety of audiences, including Naropa University. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, today McIntosh is President of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing “natural lifestyle products” which he has invented. McIntosh has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had a variety of successful careers, practicing law with one of the nation’s biggest firms, and working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings tea company. He can be reached at: stevemcIntosh.com.