Aldous Huxley and Self-Realization

ab 44,90 

Dana Sawyer, Julian Piras, Uwe Rasch (Eds.)

His Concept of Human Potentialities, His Techniques for Actualizing Them, and His Views of Their Social Consequences

ISBN 978-3-643-91138-4
Band-Nr. 12
Jahr 2019
Seiten 272
Bindung broschiert
Reihe „Human Potentialities“. Studien zu Aldous Huxley & zeitgenössischer Kultur


Throughout his writing career, and especially in the last
thirty years of his life, Aldous Huxley exhibited a deep
interest in human potentialities, which he often described
as our greatest unused natural resource. The present volume
is the first book to focus on this Huxleyan core concern. It
is based on presentations given at the Sixth International
Aldous Huxley Symposium held in 2017 at the University of
Almería (Spain).

This volume collects essays by eleven scholars from eight
countries that discuss Huxley’s concept of human
potentialities from an interdisciplinary perspective. This
is another innovative feature of this book, since today
Huxley is mainly remembered as a novelist, although only
eleven of his fifty published works belong to that genre.

The topics of this volume span Huxley’s mature philosophy,
including his theories relating to the expansion of
consciousness, the development of nonverbal humanities, the
need to improve bio-ethics, the role of nature, the role of
beliefs and prejudice, and other subjects. These essays
review Huxley’s various positions, shedding light on their
possible significance for today. Huxley marshalled his
remarkable intellect to the project of improving the human
condition, and here we find an up-to-date report card of his
theories and their efficacy.

Dana Sawyer is professor emeritus from the
Maine College of Art (USA), where he taught Philosophy and

Julian Piras, M.A., is an independent scholar (Belgium) who
studied Philosophy, Religion and Languages in Germany and

Uwe Rasch, M.A., helps edit and format the publications of
the Aldous Huxley Society and is co-author of the first
Huxley biography in German.