Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic Spirituality

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SUNY Press, Feb 17, 2000 - Philosophy - 349 pages
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The third book in Morris Berman s much acclaimed trilogy on the evolution of human consciousness, Wandering God continues his earlier work which garnered such praise as solid lessons in the history of ideas (KIRKUS Reviews), filled with piquant details (Common Boundary), and an informative synthesis and a remarkably friendly, good-natured jeremiad (The Village Voice). Here, in a remarkable discussion of our hunter-gatherer ancestry and the paradoxical mode of perception that it involved, Berman shows how a sense of alertness, or secular/sacred immediacy, subsequently got buried by the rise of sedentary civilization, religion, and vertical power relationships.
In an integrated tour de force, Wandering God explores the meaning of Paleolithic art, the origins of social inequality, the nature of cross-cultural child rearing, the relationship between women and agriculture, and the world view of present-day nomadic peoples, as well as the emergence of paradoxical consciousness in the philosophical writings of the twentieth century."
 

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Contents

The Experience of Paradox
1
The Writing on the Wall
19
Politics and Power
49
As the Soul Is Bent The PsychoReligious Roots of Social Inequality
85
Agriculture Religion and the Great Mother
117
The Zone of Flux
153
Wandering God The Recovery of Paradox in the Twentieth Century
191
The Other Voice
213
Notes
247
Selected Bibliography
327
About the Author
333
Index
335
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About the author (2000)

Morris Berman is the author of Social Change and Scientific Organization; and the first two volumes of the trilogy on the evolution of human consciousness, The Reenchantment of the World and Coming to Our Senses: Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West. He teaches part-time in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at the Johns Hopkins University.