The eight zones refer to the eight dimension-perspectives available to all human beings. They are the eight primordial or indigenous perspectives (and ontological zones) available to sentient beings. Methodologies associated with the eight zones include:
Zone 1 (the inside of the Upper-Left): Phenomenology, introspection, contemplation, and/or meditation
Zone 2 (the outside of the Upper-Left): Developmental structuralism
Zone 3 (the inside of the Lower-Left): Hermeneutics, collaborative inquiry, and/or participatory epistemology
Zone 4 (the outside of the Lower-Left): Cultural anthropology, ethnomethodology, culturology, archaeology, and/or genealogy
Zone 5: (the inside of the Upper-Right): Biological phenomenology, cognitive neurophysiology, cognitive science in general, and/or autopoiesis
Zone 6 (the outside of the Upper-Right): Behaviorism, positivism, and/or empiricism
Zone 7 (the inside of the Lower-Right): Social autopoiesis and/or game theory
Zone 8: (the outside of the Lower-Right): Systems theory, component systems theory, chaos and complexity theories, and/or network science
Each of these eight perspectives has an inherent methodology or mode of inquiry, or ways that sentient beings touch other sentient beings by enacting those zones.
In this excerpt from Integral Spirituality: A Deeper Cut, Dennis Wittrock asks whether there are structural preconditions for the enacting of certain zones, whether zones unfold with respect to increasing cognitive development, whether certain zones were even available at earlier times in history, and whether there are “premodern,” “modern,” and “postmodern” zones.
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In 2006 Ken Wilber published his seminal book Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World. This book represents the culmination of more than three decades of Integral theory and practice, suggesting a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture, while incorporating the essential insights of the world’s religious traditions. Integral Spirituality demonstrates how today’s spirituality must combine the insights of the East with the discoveries of the West, paving the way for a radical new role for the world’s religions.
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Ken Wilber and Corey deVos
Ken Wilber offers a stunning introduction to the major components of Integral theory and practice — a guided tour that takes us from the very first forms to emerge in the universe, all the way to the eight primordial perspectives that all of our knowledge is constructed from.
Ken and Corey continue their discussion of the 8 critical zones of integral metatheory, and apply them to the ongoing cultural conversation taking place around race, racism, and other kinds of bigotry that we continue to see in the world. This discussion is a great opportunity to not only learn more about these 8 primordial perspectives that are available to us, but also to see how they can be applied to social and cultural challenges and “wicked problems” such as these.
About Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.