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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781611804515
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $42.99
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Gurdjieff Reconsidered

The Life, the Teachings, the Legacy


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From a master biographer and longtime Gurdjieff practitioner, a brilliant new exploration of the quintessential Western esoteric teacher of the twentieth-century.

The Greek-Armenian teacher G.I. Gurdjieff was one of the most original and provocative spiritual teachers in the twentieth-century West. Whereas much work on Gurdjieff has been either fawning or blindly critical, acclaimed scholar and writer Lipsey balances sympathic interest in Gurdjieff and his "Fourth Way" teachings with a historian's sense of context and a biographer's feel for personality and relationships. Using a wide range of published and unpublished sources, Lipsey explores Gurdjieff's formative travels in Central Asia, his famed teaching institution in France, the development of the Gurdjieff Movements and music, and, above all, Gurdjieff's fascinating continuous evolution as a teacher. Published on the 70th anniversary of Gurdjieff's death, Gurdjieff Reconsidered delves deeply into Gurdjieff's writings and those of his most important students, including P. D. Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann. Lipsey's comprehensive approach and unerring sense of the subject make this a must-read for anyone with a serious intention to explore Gurdjieff's life, teachings, and reputation.

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781611804515
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $42.99

About the Author

Roger Lipsey

Roger Lipsey holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from New York University. He is a director of the Society for Myth and Tradition, publisher of Parabola magazine, and he is also the author of AN ART OF OUR OWN: THE SPIRITUAL IN TWENTIETH CENTURY ART.

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