Jonathan Shear

Jonathan Shear was a Fulbright Scholar in philosophy of science at the London School of Economics, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. Since the early 1960ís his work has focused on the significance of meditation-related experiences and research for Western philosophy and psychology. He had the great good fortune to be able to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, was a Founding Faculty of Maharishi University, and chaired its Philosophy Department for over ten years. For the past twenty years he has taught philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prof. Shear has published and lectured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and is a Founding Editor of the multidisciplinary Journal of Consciousness Studies. Books include The Experience of Meditation: Experts Introduce the Major Traditions (Paragon House, 2006).