Carl Schmitt’s ‘Political Theology’: A Process Theological Intervention

“Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology: A Process Theological Intervention” By Matthew David Segall Introduction This essay critically engages with Carl Schmitt’s anti-liberal political theology, offering important interventions from the related perspectives of Alfred North Whitehead’s cosmopolitical process theology, philosophical personalism, and Bruno Latour’s Gaian political ecology. Schmitt’s criticisms of early 20th century “liberal normativism” are tested against Dan [...]

“The Matter With Things” by Iain McGilchrist

“Questions such as those concerning scientific truth, the nature of reality, and the place of man in the cosmos require for their study some knowledge of the constitution, quality, capacities and limitations of the human mind through which medium all such problems must be handled.” -Roger Sperry (1952) I've just finished reading The Matter With [...]

Urphänomen Reading Group – Rudolf Steiner’s “Riddles of Philosophy”

Below is a playlist featuring the recordings of our Urphänomen Reading Group, which is open to anyone interested (message us on Patreon or email archetypalphenomenon@gmail.com to join). New sessions will be added to this playlist as we go. We are reading the works of Rudolf Steiner, starting with Riddles of Philosophy. Next we'll be reading [...]

Standing Firm in the Flux: On Whitehead’s Eternal Objects (draft article)

The article to follow is a draft posted here for your review. As usual, I invite your comments and criticisms (Note that I have been continually updating the draft below in light of helpful feedback and my own ongoing reflection: the doctrine of eternal objects is a deep ocean, but hopefully this study at least [...]

Evolutionary Thinking with Timothy Jackson

Below are parts 1 and 2 of my dialogue with toxinologist and evolutionary philosopher Timothy Jackson. We discuss everything from the philosophy of science and evolutionary epistemology, to the social and cultural impact of evolution, to the full-blown evolutionary cosmologies of thinkers like Whitehead and Peirce. https://youtu.be/MjPl70-ZSLU https://youtu.be/9hTPjXvjqjA

Tim Eastman Unties the Gordian Knot: Complete Seminar (Sessions 1-9)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLP5LzWhXomAL0I20u3AlZV7C_6nQeNoy6 Above is an embedded playlist featuring all 9 of the Eastman Seminars that I facilitated for the Science Advisory Committee of the Cobb Institute from June 2021 through February 2022. Tim Eastman, a plasma physicist and philosopher, is the author of Untying the Gordian Knot: Process, Reality, and Context (2020). These seminars invited other [...]

Dialogue with Bernardo Kastrup: Translating between Analytic Idealism and Process-Relationalism

https://youtu.be/s7I5j2cteFQ My long-overdue conversation with Bernardo Kastrup is above. I am pleased with how this turned out. We mostly attempted to translate between our respective orientations, finding many overlaps despite differences of emphasis. I think important differences remain, though we'll have to iron those out together in the future. A few thoughts about what we [...]

Principles to Guide Philosophical Community (2021) By Eli Kramer (draft review)

The preprint book review below is forthcoming in World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research ..... ELI KRAMER, Intercultural Modes of Philosophy, Volume One: Principles to Guide Philosophical Community. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2021: 382 pages. [Reviewed by MATTHEW D. SEGALL, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San [...]

Tim Eastman Wrap-Up Session: Quantum Physics, Process Philosophy, and the Simulation Hypothesis

https://youtu.be/ZckXe4vF34w We wrapped up our 9-part seminar series on plasma physicist and philosopher Timothy E. Eastman's book over the weekend. Above is the recording of the final session, which included responses by Michael Epperson and me, followed by a really great dialogue among the other participants. The simulation hypothesis came up and was challenged in [...]

“Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy, and Other Last Chances” by Catherine Keller

Let us first recall why Keller has chosen to "dreamread" John of Patmos' Book of Revelation. As a process theologian, it is no surprise that she would be interested in a Biblical text. But her purpose is not merely to read John's missive back into its 1st century CE historical context. Nor is her intent to [...]

“Another End of the World is Possible” by Servigne, Stevens, and Chapelle

"How could we call 'rational' an ideal of civilization guilty of a forecasting error so massive that it prevents parents from leaving a habitable world to their children?"—Bruno Latour "The system is collapsing all around us just at the time when most people have lost the ability to imagine that anything else could exist." —David Graeber [...]

HomeBrewed Christianity podcast with Tripp Fuller

Had a great time discussing Whitehead's cosmology with Tripp. Check it out here: https://trippfuller.com/2021/09/13/matthew-segall-cosmology-consciousness-and-whiteheads-god/ We discussed topics including: the allure of Whitehead’s vision of mind in nature (knowledge as 'an adjunct within things known')the potential of a process engagement with different natural scientific problems, including the origins of lifethe problems with reductionismwhat is in the [...]