The Intersubjective Turn

Theoretical Approaches to Contemplative Learning and Inquiry across Disciplines

Edited by Olen Gunnlaugson, Charles Scott, Heesoon Bai, and Edward W. Sarath

Subjects: Higher Education, Contemplative Studies, Psychology, Religion, Philosophy Of Education
Paperback : 9781438467665, 300 pages, July 2018
Hardcover : 9781438467672, 300 pages, December 2017

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Table of contents

Opening the Field: Second-Person Approaches to Contemplative Learning
Olen Gunnlaugson, Charles Scott, Heesoon Bai, and Edward W. Sarath

1. A Conversation on Intersubjective Approaches to Contemplative Inquiry
Mirabai Bush and Olen Gunnlaugson in Conversation

2. A Radical Approach to Second-Person Contemplative Education
Jorge N. Ferrer and Olga R. Sohmer
3. Critical Integral Education: School Counseling
David Forbes
4. Intersubjectivity and Blended-Learning: Turning Learning Spaces to Wisdom’s Place?
Joanne Gozawa
5. Intersubjective Insights from Teaching Contemplative Leadership
Lyn Hartley
6. From Me to We: An Experiment in Critical Second-Person Contemplative Pedagogy
Peter Kaufman and Terry Murray

7. Teaching (and) Being We (and) Not Me: Making Room for Multiple Subjectivities in Teaching Education
David Lee Keiser

8. Per-(Me-Thou)-ability: Foundations of Intersubjective Experience in Contemplative Education
Patricia Morgan

9. Nature, Human Nature, Human-as-Nature: For Cecil
Deborah Orr

10. On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Toward a Nondual, Integral Understanding of Intersubjectivity as Primordial
in Cosmos
Edward W. Sarath

11. Bhakti Yoga as Intersubjective Contemplative Practice
Charles Scott and Heesoon Bai

12. “Listening Dangerously”: The Inner Dimensions of Dialogue Training
Judith Simmer-Brown

13. Writing the Cauldron as Intersubjective Practice
Susan Walsh and Heesoon Bai


Examines key theoretical aspects of the emerging field of second-person contemplative education.


A first of its kind, this book maps out current academic approaches in higher education to second-person contemplative education, which addresses contemplative experience from an intersubjective perspective. Until recently, contemplative studies has emphasized a predominantly first-person standpoint, but the expansion and embrace of second-person methods provides a distinctive learning context in which collective wisdom and shared learning can begin to emerge from dialogue among students and groups in the classroom. The contributors to this volume, leading researchers and practitioners from a variety of institutions and departments, examine the theoretical and philosophical foundations of second-person contemplative approaches to instruction, pedagogy, and curricula across various scholarly disciplines.

Olen Gunnlaugson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development at Université Laval, Canada. Charles Scott is Associate Professor of Education at City University of Seattle and Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Heesoon Bai is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Edward W. Sarath is Professor of Music and Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at the University of Michigan. Together, they are the coeditors of Contemplative Learning and Inquiry across Disciplines, also published by SUNY Press.