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Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy
Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy
by David Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.42

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good summer reading!, 12 July 2012
This is a contentious and timely work. Contentious because it does not hold back from challenging those who are so ready to declare their spirituality without considering what they mean themselves by it, and timely because you only need to go into a bookstore to see how books on spirituality are sprouting out all over the place, yet there is little around that questions what spirituality actually means. As a philosophy lecturer myself I sympathise with Dr Webster's assertion that philosophy seems well able to address the concerns of meaning and value without the need for the addition of spirituality and, indeed, that spirituality can seem a somewhat vacuous concept at best and a harmful one at worse. Dr Webster argues for its harmfulness from what seems a largely Nietzschean perspective that an immersion in contemporary spirituality is a form of life-denying and, therefore, psychologically damaging. The author is careful to stress that he is concerned with spirituality as it is popularly expressed, although critics have often seemed to miss this important point and have argued for more subtle understandings of spirituality but, as I say, they seem to miss the point of this thesis by doing so and would do well to read this book carefully.The God of Philosophy Second Edition


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