The Fourth Way (book)
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Pages||480 (paperback edition)|
|Preceded by||In Search of the Miraculous|
- For the system based on the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff see Fourth Way.
The Fourth Way (1957) is a book about the Fourth Way system of self-development as introduced by Greek-Armenian philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff and is a compilation of the lectures of P. D. Ouspensky at London and New York, 1921–1946, published posthumously by his students in 1957.
Ouspensky was given the task of bringing these ideas to a wider audience in an unadulterated form by Gurdjieff. The Fourth Way is considered to be the most comprehensive statement of Gurdjieff's ideas as taught by Ouspensky.
The book consists of adaptations of Ouspensky's lectures, and the accompanying question and answer sessions.
The Fourth Way
The 'Fourth Way' to which the title refers is a method of inner development - "the way of the sly man," as Gurdjieff described it. This way is to be followed under the ordinary conditions of everyday life, as opposed from the three traditional ways that call for retirement from the world: those of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi, which Gurdjieff maintained could only result in partial, unbalanced development of man's potential.
- The Fourth Way: A Record of Talks and Answers to Questions Based on the Teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff (Prepared under the general supervision of Sophia Ouspensky). New York: Knopf, 1957; London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1957.
- P. D. Ouspensky - A Brief Bibliography gurdjieff.org.
- The Fourth Way, P.D, Ouspensky, Alfred A. Knopf 1957, chapter 1
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