Human Development and the Spiritual Life

How Consciousness Grows toward Transformation

  • Ronald R. Irwin

Part of the The Plenum Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. A Sketch for a Theory of Psychology

    1. Front Matter
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  3. On the Threshold of the Spirit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
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  4. Conclusion

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-207

About this book


The author proposes a theory of the development of consciousness in which ego is the central agent of socialization and culture and the driving force behind individual self-control and self-regulation. He reviews the literature on identity and narrative; outlines the fields of intellectual, self, moral, and consciousness development; and discusses the evidence indicating that the development of consciousness trancends the limitations of conventional ego development.


cognition development evolution psychology socialization

Authors and affiliations

  • Ronald R. Irwin
    • 1
  1. 1.BrockvilleCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5180-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0657-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-709X
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