Secular Spirituality

The Next Step Towards Enlightenment

  • Harald Walach

Part of the Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality book series (SNCS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  3. Harald Walach
    Pages 15-36
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    Pages 93-172
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-216

About this book


This book discusses spirituality as an emerging scientific topic from a historical perspective, with extensive discussion of the mind-body problem and of scientific concepts of consciousness. While the book focuses on the Western tradition of ‘Enlightenment’, it also implicitly addresses the double meaning of the term, with the Eastern tradition describing it as ‘a state of true knowledge, which is an important goal on an individual’s spiritual path’ and the Western tradition seeing it as ‘the collective process of getting rid of narrow-minded dogmas and concepts’. The book is based on a simple yet challenging premise: Science has not gone far enough in the scientific process of going from a collective mind tied up in dogmatic teachings to a truly free mind that, seemingly, freed itself from bondage and restrictions. The book shows that science, and with it our whole Western culture, has to incorporate spirituality if it is to realize this goal of enlightenment. If that is done, and it can only be done by many individuals actually practicing spirituality, this will also lead to the individual type of enlightenment.


Consciousness Studies Enlightenment and Science History of Spirituality Mindfulness and meditation Notion of God Religion and Science Secular Non-Dogmatic Spirituality Spirituality and enlightenment Spirituality and mindfulness

Authors and affiliations

  • Harald Walach
    • 1
  1. 1.European University ViadrinaFrankfurtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09344-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09345-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-8918
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-8926
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