“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 [...]
Below is a playlist featuring the recordings of our Urphänomen Reading Group, which is open to anyone interested (message us on Patreon or email email@example.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 [...]
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 [...]
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
I was asked earlier today by someone I assume is an anti-natalist what I thought the purpose of the cosmos is. I answered that I mostly just want to encourage people to wonder about it. But I also linked to an essay I wrote 12 years ago as a sort of mythospeculative narrative intending to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I just sent a draft of this coauthored essay off to the editors. Astrobiologist Bruce Damer and I have been building toward this for a few years. I'm thrilled to have gotten it to this point, and looking forward to peer review! The essay will be featured in a book coming out of this conference [...]
This essay was slated to be published in the Holistic Science Journal, but it looks like it will end up somewhere else later this year. I've been sitting on it for a while, though, and wanted to share it here. Feedback welcome. "Goethe and Whitehead: Steps to a Science of Organism" (2021): blog-final-draft_goethe-and-whitehead-steps-to-a-science-of-organism.pdfDownload
I joined Adam Robbert on The Side View to talk about my new book on Whiteheadian cosmology. https://youtu.be/iPDQRr5-MqA
Dia-logos with John Vervaeke: Emergence, Emanation, and Bernardo Kastrup's Idealism https://youtu.be/1RO5fnvgo4M
A new revised and expanded edition of my book Physics of the World-Soul: Whitehead's Adventure in Cosmology is now available in paperback and electronic versions.
https://youtu.be/buU93ZSS5Xk Seb and I discussed the history and contemporary status of the natural sciences and their relationship to philosophy and metaphysics.
The following is a response to Massimo Pigliucci's recent blog post about process metaphysics and Whitehead. I keep a relatively close eye on Pigliucci's philosophical work, as there is plenty of convergence in our views on several issues, including, as he says in his title, "the promise of process metaphysics." https://twitter.com/mpigliucci/status/1367969995884535811?s=20 Despite some convergences, I [...]