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Soldier, sage, saint
Neville, Robert C.
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Publication Information:
New York : Fordham University Press, [1978]

Physical Description:
xi, 141 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1220 Lexile.
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This is a philosophic study of some aspects of spiritual development, broadly defined. Professor Neville has been influenced significantly by comparison between several of the world's great spiritual traditions, and he has tried to be faithful to experiences in those traditions. Readers whose interest in spiritual development come out of non-Western traditions will find this book congenial. But this is a philosophical study, and the book puts forward a philosophical theory of spiritual development, paying attention to personal, social, and metaphysical concerns, and analyzing three central images of spiritual "heroism." The central contribution attempted here is a way of understanding the quest for spiritual liberation or perfection through the models of the spiritual soldier, the sage, and the saint. At times the argument aims, not just to understand, but to promote spiritual liberation, and to do so through philosophic understanding.

Author Notes

Robert Cummings Neville is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University and Dean of the School of Theology. He is past president of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, the American Academy of Religion, and the Metaphysical Society of America. Neville isthe author and editor of many books, including most recently The Recovery of Philosophy in America: Essays in Honor of John Edwin Smith.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
I Models of Spiritual Perfectionp. 1
Notesp. 24
2 The Soldierp. 27
Notesp. 46
3 The Sagep. 47
Notep. 69
4 The Saintp. 71
Notep. 97
5 Human Autonomy and Godp. 99
Notesp. 115
6 Spiritual Perfection in the Contemporary Agep. 117
Notesp. 131
Bibliographyp. 133
Indexp. 137