Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was lecturer at the Institute of Applied Psychology in Zurich and honorary Professor of Comparative Studies of Civilization at the University of Salzburg. For his many publications, he received several prizes, including a share of the German Schiller prize, the literary award of the Esslingen Artist's Guild, the Koggen prize of the City of Minden, and the literary award of the City of Berne. Noel Barstad is associate professor of modern languages at Ohio University. Algis Mickunas is associate professor of philosophy at Ohio University.
"Gebser's noetic analysis, of Teilhardian scope, is only partially
equaled by such works as Erich Neumann's The Origins and History
of Consciousness or Gaston Bachelard's The Philosophy of
No. A profound and sagaciously polemic work, remarkably
relevant to discussions of holism and postmodern
"Jean Gebser's magnum opus is at long last available in a fine English rendering ... I expect no less an interest in the English translation, and hope that Gebser's work will now begin to receive the worldwide recognition it deserves."
"(The book) impressed me as a very important, indeed in some respects pioneering, piece of work. It treads new paths, opens new vistas, and in so doing it is vastly, solidly, and subtly documented by a wealth of anthropological, mythological, linguistic, artistic, philosophical, and scientific material which is fruitfully brought into play and shown in its multifold and striking interrelationships. The book is brilliantly written and introduces many valuable new terms and distinctions. (It shows) that scholarly precision and faithfulness to given data are fully compatible with a broad, imaginative, and spiritual outlook; and (it exposes) the utter sterility of the prevailing positivistic, mechanistic, and wrongfully scientistic methods." -- Erich Kahler, author of Man the Measure, The Tower and the Abyss, The Orbit of Thomas Mann
"The gigantic attempt of one of the most creative and stimulating thinkers of modern Europe to integrate the most advanced knowledge of our time with the spiritual sources of the past." -- Lama Anagarika Govinda