Spirituality can be understood as the quest to understand and adhere to one’s
spiritual intuitions. Examples of such intuitions include that life has a positive
purpose, and that one should be fair and compassionate. This is distinct from
religiousness, which designates one’s adherence to the tenets of an institution
regarded as having authority concerning how one should live and what is
Philosophy of Spirituality is concerned with understanding the ultimate
foundations of spiritual intuitions. Although the nature of this grounding is
unresolved, there are some philosophical and empirical reasons for thinking that
spiritual intuitions are ultimately grounded in the nature of fundamental reality,
and not wholly reflective of socio-cultural conventions or neuro-biological
mechanisms. Investigation of this open issue is important because of the
implications, whichever way the answer turns out, for social and political policy,
and personal and social health and welfare.
For a more detailed discussion please refer to the “About Philosophy of Spirituality” section.
In recognition of the social and personal welfare potential of advances in the philosophy of spirituality, the
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establishment of a Society for Philosophy of Spirituality (SPS). The objectives of this Society would
include promoting the development of Philosophy of Spirituality both as a discipline and as a foundation for
sociological and policy studies, and also disseminating information about the findings of research into the
ontology of spiritual percepts and spiritual experiences. Philosophy of Spirituality is a new subdiscipline of
Applied Systems Philosophy, and promoted by the Centre for Systems Philosophy as a systematic approach
to bringing matters of ultimate concern into the domain of science in a non-devaluative way.
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