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The Dynamics of Transformation: Tracing an Emerging World View Paperback – January 2, 2017
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And, what is so visionary and important is that Maxwell begins to suggest where we are all headed; what type of mentality might come next, and whether both the mythological, rational and other orientations might not only need each other but need to transcend themselves into a new paradigm, which he also suggests. He gets across visceral and essentials truths about our world, and the content of the perceptual "modern" paradigm that we take for granted..
As for what resonated with me personally--I take it to the political yet this is not primarily a book about politics--but is about so much more As hard as things are these days, this book, out in 2017, gives me great hope for what's to come.
Though Maxwell traces the roots of his ideas to Jung, James, Whitehead, Tarnas and others, I really don't know how he came up with all of this in quite the way he did. As you may gather from my review, I'm grateful... Suffice to say that when a writer as brilliant as Maxwell tackles these complex aspects of the human condition, it is a literary moment to be cherished.
My experience of Grant Maxwell’s Dynamics of Transformation is quite the opposite: I *do* wish it longer – and I believe other readers might as well. Dr. Maxwell introduces and explains no less than twelve theses which together persuasively argue that a sea change in Western thought is imminent. Some of these theses may be more or less familiar to you – the author does not claim originality, and on the contrary, he carefully lays out the historical antecedents for each idea.
You may not agree with some of the ideas (as I do not agree with all of them), but together, the cumulative rhetorical power of his arguments and insights is immense, and the journey is gratifying and rewarding. The author’s writing style tends towards the concise, so one is occasionally tempted to put the book aside and further research the many broad philosophical topics that he engages, such as fractality, final causation, teleology and the participatory framework. One is also tempted to read more of the fascinating intellects that the author considers: Hegel, James, Whitehead, Teihard, Jung, Gebser, David Bohm, etc. Helpfully, Maxwell also has a talent for picking out pithy quotations from the these authors’ extensive oeuvres which summarize their importance for the author’s thesis.
It’s been said of one of Bob Dylan’s songs that each line could have been the topic of another song. This book is sort of like that – each chapter contains enough intellectual content that it could be expanded into a lengthy philosophical tome. It is a tribute to the author’s restraint that he kept the length of the book manageable – he says more in less than 200 pages than other authors can say in 1000.