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F. Capra, The tao of Physics revisited, ReVision, Spring.


G. Globus, Physics and mysticism: current controversies, ReVision.

Rothberg, D. Philosophical foundations of transpersonal psychology: an introduction to some of the basic issues, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 18(1).

Schneider, K. The deified self: a centaur response to Wilber and the transpersonal movement, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 27(2).


D.M. Levin, Transpersonal phenomenology: the corporal schema, The Humanistic Psychologist.

Washburn, M. The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A transpersonal theory of human development, New York, SUNY.


A. Ellis, Dangers of transpersonal psychology, Journal of Counseling and Development.

R. Frager, Transpersonal psychology: Promises and prospects, in: R.S. Valle & S. Halling (eds.), Existential-phenomenological perspectives in psychology, New York, Plenum Press.

Schneider, K. Infallibility is so damned appealing, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 29(4).


Washburn, M. Two patterns of transcendence, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 30(3).

Winkelman, M. The evolution of consciousness: an essay review of Up from Eden, Anthropology of Consciousness, 1(3-4).


Heron, J. Wilber's transcendental reductionism, in: Feeling and personhood: Psychology in a new key, Sage.


Odajnyk, W.V., Wilber on Jung: a critique, in: Gathering the light: a psychology of meditation, Shambhala.

Winkelman, M. The evolution of consciousness?: Transpersonal studies in the light of cultural relativism, Anthropology of consciousness, 4(3).


Rothberg, D. Spiritual inquiry, ReVision, 17(?).


G. diZerega & R. Smoley, Up the down staircase, Gnosis Magazine , Fall.

T.H. Hunt, Some developmental issues in transpersonal experience, Journal of Mind and Behavior , 16(2).

McIntyre, J. Review of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, in: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review , Winter.

Washburn, M. The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A transpersonal theory of human development, New York, SUNY (2nd. edition).

Wittine, B. Review of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology , 27(4).


G. diZerega, A critique of Ken Wilber's account of deep ecology and nature religions, The Trumpeter.

Grof, S. Ken Wilber's spectrum psychology: Observations from clinical consciousness research, ReVision 19(1).

Grof, S. Spectrum psychology revisited, ReVision, 19(2).

Heron, J. Spiritual inquiry: a critique of Wilber, Collaborative Inquiry, 18.

Heron, J. A critique of Wilber's Sex, Ecology, Spirituality (unpublished).

Kelly, S., Revisioning the mandala of consciousness: A critical appraisal of Wilber's holarchical paradigm, ReVision, 18(4).

Kelly, S., Breaks in the chain, ReVision, 19(2).

Kremer, J. The shadow of evolutionary thinking, ReVision, 19(1).

Kremer, J., Lingering shadows, ReVision, 19(2).

Lane, D.C., Ken Wilber's Achilles' Heel: The art of spiritual hyperbole

McDermott, R. The need for philosophical and spiritual dialogue: Reflections of Ken Wilber's Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, ReVision , 19(2).

McDermott, R. Toward transpersonal philosophizing, ReVision, 19(2).

McDonald-Smith, M., Is anyone developing spiritually?, ReVision, 19(2).

Muckler, M. A little misunderstanding goes a long way,

Puhakka, K. Restoring connectedness in the Kosmos: a healing tale of deeper order [Review of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality], The Humanistic Psychologist, Fall.

Rothberg, D. How straight is the spiritual path?, ReVision, 19(1).

Rothberg, D. Ken Wilber and contemporary transpersonal inquiry, ReVision, 18(4).

Rothberg, D. Toward an integral spirituality, ReVision, 19(2).

Rowan, J. Heron vs. Wilber: a comment (unpublished).

Washburn, M., The pre/trans fallacy reconsidered, ReVision, 19(1).

Washburn, M. Linearity, theoretical economy and the pre/trans fallacy, ReVision, 19(2).

Wright, P. Gender issues in Ken Wilber's transpersonal theory, ReVision, 18(4).

Wright, P. Difficulties with integrating the feminine, ReVision, 19(2).

Zimmerman, M. A transpersonal diagnosis of the ecological crisis, ReVision, 18(4).

Zimmerman, M. On transpersonal ecology, ReVision, 19(2).


R. Fisher, A guide to Wilberland: Some common misunderstandings of Ken Wilber and his work on transpersonal theory, Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Heron, J. A way out for Wilberians


Helminlak, D.A., Religion and human sciences: An Approach via Spirituality, New York, SUNY Press. Especially Chapter 4: "The Perennial Philosophy of Ken Wilber", online summary.

Heron, J., Sacred Science: Person-centred inquiry into the subtle and the spiritual, PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, 1998.

Ferrer, J. N. Beyond Absolutism and Relativism in Transpersonal Evolutionary Theory. World Futures. Journal of General Evolution, 52, 239-280.

Ferrer, J. N. Speak Now of Forever Hold Your Peace: A Review Essay of Ken Wilber's The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology , 30(1), 53-67.


Heron, J., Way out further, ,

York, M., 'Emergentism and Some Post-Big Bang Perspectives', Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 14, nr. 2, 291-297.

Sherry Edwards, An Introductory Comparison of Djwal Khul’s and Ken Wilbur’s Models of Consciousness, Journal of Esoteric Psychology • Volume XIII • No. 1 • 1999


David Deamer, Ph.D., Commentary on Ken Wilber's Twenty Tenets and Two Experiments on Subjective Experience, Evolutionary Theory, An Esalen Invitational Conference, November 5-10, 2000

De Quincey, C., The Promise of Integralism, A Critical Appreciation of Ken Wilber's Integral Psychology,


De Quincey, C., A Theory of Everything? A Critical Appreciation of Ken Wilber’s Collected Works , IONS Review #55

Schlamm, L., 'Ken Wilber's Spectrum Model: Identifying Alternative Soteriological Perspectives', Religion, 31, pp. 19-39.

De Quincey, C., Critics Do. Critics Don't. A Response to Ken Wilber,

Stan Rowe, Transcending this Poor Earth - a la Ken Wilber, The Trumpeter, Vol 17, No 1.

Thomas J. McFarlane, A Critical Look at Ken Wilber’s Four Quadrant Model, In: Sangha: The Newsletter of the Franklin Merrell-Wolff Fellowship, January 2001


"The Missing Links" of Spiral Dynamics and Ken Wilber, Bill Moyer,

Chris Cowan, Boomeritis or Bust,

George Adams, "A Theistic Perspective on Ken Wilber's Transpersonal Psychology", The Journal of Contemporary Religion (vol. 17, no. 2), May 2002


Chris Cowan, "Is there such a thing as the Mean Green Meme?", FAQ page on

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition: A Critique of Ken Wilber's Theory of Everything, June 2003, manuscript.

John Heron: A tangle of lines and levels: a critique of Wilber's integral psychology, 2003, updated 2005,


Anon., Ken Wilber and Sri Aurobindo,

M.Alan Kazlev , Ken Wilber's "Two Truths" Monism,

M.Alan Kazlev , A critique of Ken Wilber's integral method,

M.Alan Kazlev , Ken Wilber's misunderstanding of science - Evolutionary Theory,

Michel Bauwens, The cult of Ken Wilber,


G. Falk, "Norman Einstein (Ken Wilber)", Chapter XXI in Stripping the Gurus,

G. Falk, "Wilber and Bohm: An Analysis of the Problems with Ken Wilber's 'Refutations' of David Bohms Ideas", Appendix I to Stripping the Gurus,

G. Falk, "The Blind Eye of Spirit: Ken Wilber and the Misrepresentation of Reality," Appendix II to Stripping the Gurus,

Jim Andrews, Ken Wilber on Meditation: A Baffling Babbling of Unending Nonsense, Appendix V to Stripping the Gurus, Updated July 28, 2006

Jim Andrews, Twenty Boomeritis Blunders: Shoddy Scholarship, Salacious Sex, and Sham Spirituality, Appendix VI to Stripping the Gurus,

M.Alan Kazlev, Ken Wilber's Philosophy, and some critical appraisals,

Michel Bauwens, A Critique of Wilber and Beck's SD-Integral,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Introduction,

Matt Dallman, On Ken Wilber: Hopelessly New Age, Hopeless For the Humanities,


Michel Bauwens, The cult of Ken Wilber Revisited,

Chris Cowan, Observations on Ken Wilber's June 8th Rant,

Chris Cowan, Of Pandits and Bandits: A Meanderin' Ride in Ken Wilber's Wild West,

G. Falk, "Integral Censorship and Cargo Cult Philosophy", Appendix III to Stripping the Gurus,

G. Falk, Bald Narcissism: the Dis-Integration of Ken Wilber, Appendix IV to Stripping the Gurus,

G. Falk, "Norman Einstein": The Dis-Integration of Ken Wilber,

Bob Hendricks, Disingenious Duplicity,

M.Alan Kazlev, Wilber's rant, and responses,

M.Alan Kazlev, The decline and fall of Ken Wilber,

M. Alan Kazlev, Towards a Larger Definition of the Integral: An Aurobindonian vision and a critique of the Wilberian paradigm, Part 1-IV,

M. Alan Kazlev, Integral Esotericism: A new Integral paradigm in theory and practice, Part 1-VIII,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 1: Holarchy, Section A: Holons,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 1: Holarchy, Section B: The Twenty Tenets,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 1: Holarchy, Section C: The Four Quadrants,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 2: Individual Consciousness,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 3: Vision-logic,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 4: Mysticism,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 5: Social Evolution,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 6: Western History,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 7: Poststructuralism and Postmodernism,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 8: Methodology and Philosophy,

David Lane, Wilber and the Misunderstanding of Evolution,

David Lane, Wilber on Evolution Revisited: Response to Tom Floyd,

Frank Visser, The Wild West Wilber Report: Looking Back on the Wyatt Earp Episode,

Frank Visser, "Lord, Give Us Integral, but Without the Hype: A Review of "Integral Spirituality",


Geoffrey Falk, The Age of Wilberius, Facts and Reality vs. Ken Wilber's "Integral Age",

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 9: A Different Path,

Jeff Meyerhoff, Bald Ambition, Chapter 10: Psychological Analysis of Wilber's Beliefs,

Gregory Desilet, Misunderstanding Derrida and Postmodernism,

Zakariyya Ishaq, Cowboy Ken Wilber: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,

Scott Parker, Winning the Integral Game?,

Shawn Heath, Winning the Integral Game? A Response to Scott Parker,

Shawn Heath/Anonymous, The Wilber Effect?,

Jim Chamberlain, Whither Ken Wilber?, Musings on Evolutionism, Reductionism and Religious Honesty,

M. Alan Kazlev, Redefining Integral,

Frank Visser, If You Meet Wilber on the Road, Kill Him: On the Importance of Independent Integral Research,

Frank Visser, The Wilbertian Evolution Report: A Collection of Debate Snippets,

Frank Visser, What Good is Half a Wing? The Wilberian Evolution Debate Continues,


Frank Visser, Telling the Story as if it were True: A Review of "The Integral Vision",

Rolf Sattler, Wilber's AQAL Map and Beyond, ebook available from

Frank Visser, The Trouble with Ken Wilber: A Plea for A Change of Discourse,

Brian Hines, "A critique of Ken Wilber and “Integral Spirituality”, Church of the Churchless, March 14, 2008


Frank Visser, Ken Wilber's Mysterianism: How Not to Make a Case for Spiritual Evolution,

Frank Visser, Integral Design: Ken Wilber's Views on Evolution,

Joseph Gelfer, "Integral Spirituality or Muscular Spirituality?" in: "Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy" (Equinox Publishers, 2009, pp. 99-125).


Frank Visser, The 'Spirit of Evolution' Reconsidered: Relating Ken Wilber's View of Spiritual Evolution to the Current Evolution Debates, Paper presented at the second Integral Theory Conference, JFK University, San Francisco, July 31st. (Honorary Mention Constructive Criticism Category).

Frank Visser, Eros and Bacteria: Why Some Organisms Grow in Complexity and Some Don't,

Frank Visser, 'From Dirt to Divinity', Ken Wilber's Pre-Darwinian Understanding of Evolution,

Joseph Gelfer, Lohas and The Indigo Dollar: Growing The Spiritual Economy, New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Vol 4, No 1 (2010)


David Lane, Frisky Dirt: Why Ken Wilber's New Creationism is Pseudo-Science,



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