This is a blog about my reaction to Contemporary Spirituality – as expressed in my book ‘Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality makes us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy’.
I currently teach at the University of Gloucestershire. On the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics degree – we have a course blog at http://r-p-e.blogspot.com/ which operates as a noticeboard for the course. If you are really interested in the course – we are, as you might expect, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RPEglos/
Sadly, I have also succumbed to twitter – and you can find me at @davidwebster
Author profile also at http://www.zero-books.net/authors/david-webster
Dr David Webster
After a degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the (then) Polytechnic of Sunderland, I studied for an MLitt at Newcastle University, researching doctrinal change within Leicester’s Hindu communities. Following that, I began some teaching at the University of Sunderland, while studying for my PhD in Buddhist Studies, and during that time, also taught in FE colleges, for the Open University and taught a range of evening classes for adults in Newcastle and Gateshead. During the writing of my PhD, I also did some teaching at Goldmsiths College (University of London) and for the University of Bristol.
Having completed the PhD, published in revised form as The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon (Routledge, 2005), and begun to work at the University of Gloucestershire, my interests in academic work began to diversify. Recent publications have included book chapters on Blues music (Even Philosophers Get the Blues) in Cross the Water Blues, editor Neil Wynn), on Death within religious traditions (Death and Dying: A Reader) as well as work within Buddhist Philosophy (‘Buddhist Approaches: Not What? but How?’ in Cheetham, David (ed.),Contemporary Methods and Practices in the Philosophy of Religion. and journal articles).
Beyond that, I have spent my time teaching and working with students. My final year course ‘Love, Sex and Death’ has brought me ever closer to the role mortality plays in human consciousness, and the impact of our knowledge of our own death on our relationships with others.
A key part of my role at the University of Gloucestershire has been to conduct outreach work, and I can often be found in local schools, and have written for local papers, chatted to a range of perky local radio DJs on all manner of subjects, and spoken to audiences well beyond the usual academic community.