"First published in Great Britain by Canongate Books Ltd. This edition published in Canada in 2004 by House of Anansi Press Inc." -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
Author describes this book as a "companion volume" to his 1999 book 'Godless Morality : Keeping Religion Out of Ethics'. This book "attempts to do for human spirituality what 'Godless Morality' tried to do for ethics. .... In short, there is a rich and diverse range of human spiritualities in the world, and countless people follow them without reference to religion or any necessary sense of God. I have written this book for that great company, because I now find myself within it. The book is in four movements. The first three loosely cover some of the philosophical, psychological and ethical elements of human spirituality. The fourth is about endings, the ending of traditions and the ending of human life itself in death. Reading it over, I can see that this is a very personal book. For better or for worse, it is one man's account of what he has seen after a lifetime spent looking in the distance". -- Preface.