chapter  50
Spirituality
ByJOHN COTTINGHAM
Pages 12

Despite the comparative decline of religion in contemporary Western culture, the notion of spirituality has proved unexpectedly durable. A T-shirt reportedly seen on some campuses bears the legend “I’m not religious but I’m spiritual”; the slogan seems intended to convey that the wearer, while not adhering to any religion or subscribing to any traditional religious doctrine, nevertheless has some of the attitudes often associated with a religious outlook-for example, a disdain for purely material possessions, or a sense that there is more to life than worldly success or the pursuit of financial gain.