Religious Dialogue as Soul-Making: A Prayer to Buddha and Christ

Why Religious Dialogue? Interreligious dialogue is not a distant possibility but a present necessity. This essay is a response to this need, but it is written also as an intrareligious dialogue. This is because the conditioned nature of my own personality, having been historically shaped into what it is by my unique imaginal participation in [...]

I am Time

I am Time Time is unwinding through its eternal hour and life is heading always toward the grave. The sun is being born and dying every day as the earth rolls across the sky. Toward the Origin all creation flows, though once upon a time, the destiny of this world was written with words. History: [...]

Buddhist and Christian Soul-Making

So far as I know, John Keats coined the phrase "soul-making" in a letter to his brother and sister in May of 1819. He writes: "...suppose a rose to have sensation. It blooms on a beautiful morning. It enjoys itself--but there comes a cold wind, a hot sun--it cannot escape it, it cannot destroy its [...]

Audio from “Here Comes Everything”: A Speculative Realism Panel @ CIIS (4/8)

Conference put on by the Interdisciplinary Dialogue Forum, a student group in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS. The History of Access: An Introduction to the Speculative Turn - Sam Mickey and Adam Robbert Ganga – River, Goddess, Thing - Elizabeth McAnally The Astonishing Depths of Things - Sam Mickey Objects in Action: Promiscuous Applications of [...]

“Here Comes Everything” Speculative Realism Panel summary (via Knowledge-Ecology)

Adam Robbert has written a nice summary of the panel discussion last week (4/8) on Speculative Realism. I've pasted it below. For the audio from the event, click HERE. Here are a few reflections on last Fridays event “Here Comes Everything: An Introduction to Speculative Realism.” Video of the event will be posted later today (hopefully!). The [...]

Object as subject-superject, or why Harman is wrong about Whitehead

Graham Harman and Alfred North Whitehead have a lot in common, but they differ in what they say about substance as a metaphysical category. I think Harman overstates this difference. Whitehead suggests "the whole universe consists of elements disclosed in the experiences of subjects" (Process and Reality, p. 166). This multiple disclosure of the One [...]

Schelling and the Transcendental Abyss of Nature

"What is essential in science is movement; deprived of this vital principle, its assertions die like fruit taken from the living tree." -Schelling, The Ages of the World -------------------------------- The Copernican Revolution had the exoteric effect of throwing the Earth into motion, decentering human consciousness in the Cosmos. We, like the other planets, became a [...]