Altered States of Consciousness: A Philosophical Analysis of their Psychological, Ontological, and Religious Significance

Thomas A. Kerns, Marquette University


This dissertation has grown out of research in altered states of consciousness that has been in progress since 1966 when I first discovered the work of Abraham Maslow, and when I had already invested two years in exploring the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Then, early in 1970, I began teaching a seminar which was titled "Altered States of Consciousness" at a small growth center in Eugene, Oregon, The Senoi Institute for Growth and Human Development. Since that time I have offered courses, seminars, and weekend workshops in altered states of consciousness at the University of Portland and at Marquette University.