Thesis Title

Changing the Paradigm: a Theory of Human Development Based on the Emergence of Nonduality

Author

David A. Cook

Date of Graduation

Spring 1995

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

James Baumlin

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

The following work critiques one of the oldest of human problems, that of duality. It proposes that duality is actually a paradigm of thinking. Then it shows that the source of duality is a mistaken perception about the human developmental process, one stemming from human individuation. This is shown by a comparative study of the origin of duality, East and West, and is followed by an analysis of the conception of "love" as an example of dualistic thinking. Next I demonstrate that there are two forms of nonduality --progressive nonduality and regressive nonduality (or monism) --and that they are not the same thing. I then propose that (progressive) nonduality is a paradigm shift. Nonduality is explored as a way of mind-body attunement, and, subsequently, is required for individual growth, societal success, and even moral commitment.

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© David A Cook

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