Dr. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the former (1975-2013) Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Prior to her tenure at ITP, she worked as senior scientist at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In the past, she taught courses in phenomenological psychology and philosophy (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty) and the phenomenology of life. She was a founding Director of ITP’s Neurophenomenology Center and Transpersonal Research Specialization. Currently she teaches selective courses in comparative religion and phenomenological and qualitative research, and conducts research at the Graduate Theological Union, Hult International Business School, and UC Davis School of Medicine. She has published over hundred articles and given over two hundred talks and lectures on philosophical and transpersonal psychology, consciousness, religious and spiritual experience, and meditation. She is founding Director of the Society in Phenomenology of Religious Experience.
Dr. Schwartz’s current research continues the tradition of the phenomenology of life and is focused on the analysis of religious experience in anthropo-psychological and textual evidence.
Philosophy of religion, phenomenology, material phenomenology, cognitive science of religion, religious experience, introspection, embodiment, intuition, non-intentional knowledge. Areas of concentration: cognitive phenomenology; the phenomenology of life, Michel Henry; the philosophies of Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Suhrawardi; theoretical and philosophical psychology. Migration and globalization issues. Positive transformation of character and consciousness in individuals and groups. Transformative education.
In the past, as an experimental scientist, I researched immune markers of the nervous system, autoimmune diseases, sleep disorders, human development, and the neurocorrelates of consciousness .
“I write as a physician, with a physician’s sense of responsibility…I have made every effort to document my material as reliably as possible, and to assist the verification of my conclusions…” C.G. Jung, Aion.
” Naming sets a song free from overbearing scent of anonymity “. Osip Mandelstam