Frames of AQAL, integral critical theory, and the emerging integral arts.

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This chapter outlines a philosophically informed and historically mindful integral critical theory of art. Advancing the All-Quadrants, All-Levels (AQAL) model as it has been developed in the writings of Ken Wilber, the first half of the chapter differentiates four distinct framings of the AQAL model, leading to clarification of the ethical charge of an integral critical theory (ICT). The second half of the chapter turns this integral-critical lens to matters of art, arguing for and demonstrating the importance of attending carefully to art's artifactual character, leading to a recovery of lessons inherent in early postmodern art that posit a challenge for the emerging integral arts. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegral Theory in action
Subtitle of host publicationApplied, theoretical, and constructive perspectives on the AQAL model.
EditorsSean Esbjörn-Hargens
Place of PublicationAlbany, NY
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781438433844, 9781438433851
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Publication series

NameSUNY series in Integral Theory


  • Art
  • Theories
  • Models


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