Jeffrey Kripal’s 'The Superhumanities': A Book Study (Hybrid)


  • $200.00


Mark Ryan
Six Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6
6 - 7:30pm CT
(no class Nov 15)

What does it mean to be human, and how might our ideas of reality change if we take the stranger parts of life seriously?


Jeffrey Kripal’s recently published The Superhumanities is both a radical proposal for re-conceiving the humanities, and a summation of his thoughts on spiritual life after more than three decades in the study of comparative religion. Deeply sympathetic to humankind’s spiritual striving, Kripal builds on a “third space” apart from conventional religious belief and materialistic dismissal of religious experience. In the process, he reexamines what it means to be human and points towards a revitalized conception of reality itself. This course involves a close analytic reading of Kripal’s text and heartfelt reflections on his provocative—some might say ‘inspired’—ideas. Dr. Kripal will be present for the final class.

Required Reading:  The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities, Jeffrey Kripal (University of Chicago Press, 2022)

This program is being offered both IN-PERSON and ONLINE.  Please select how you plan to attend when registering.

Recordings will be distributed to registered participants only, and will not be availble for individual purchase.

All times are CT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

Mark Ryan holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where for 21 years he was on the faculty in American Studies and a dean of students. Subsequently, he was Professor, Dean of the Colleges, and a Director of Graduate Studies at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla in Mexico. His writings include A Different Dimension: Reflections on the History of Transpersonal Thought and articles in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.


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