Back to teach at Schumacher College in April 2019: “The Evolution of Consciousness and the Cosmological Imagination”

I'll be teaching another short course at Schumacher College in the UK the week of April 22nd-26th, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNAO2-b1yuI Here's a link if you're interested in registering: https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/re-enchanting-the-cosmos Here's what I'll be teaching on: “The Evolution of Consciousness and the Cosmological Imagination” This week-long course will trace the evolution of consciousness in the West from [...]

Pre-Defense Dissertation Draft Completed

My dissertation defense is on Monday morning. I've just finished the "pre-defense" draft. I have until April 11th to finalize the published version. Below are the abstract, table of contents, and acknowledgements.  Jacob Sherman, PhD, Chair Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, California Institute of Integral Studies   Sean Kelly, PhD Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, [...]

Etheric Imagination in Process Philosophy from Schelling and Steiner to Whitehead

I've just submitted my dissertation proposal for review. Click on the title below for the PDF. Etheric Imagination in Process Philosophy From Schelling and Steiner to Whitehead I welcome suggestions, critiques, sources, and/or extensions. Basically, I'm doing a comparative study of the philosopher Friedrich Schelling, the esotericist Rudolf Steiner, and the mathematician and cosmologist Alfred North [...]

Historical Background and Overview for “Etheric Imagination in Process Philosophy”

I realized I posted the same section twice last week, so here is the real historical and overview section of my dissertation proposal. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This dissertation examines the metaphysics of imagination in the process philosophies of Schelling and Whitehead through the hermeneutical lens of a certain stream of Western esotericism. In describing the process-philosophical imagination [...]

The Poetry of Philosophy: Wordsworth’s Poetic Vision of Nature in Light of Whitehead’s Cosmological Scheme

The aim of this essay is to read the nature poetry of William Wordsworth in light of the metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, such that the epistemological and cosmological implications of the former are brought more fully into philosophical view. According to Victor Lowe, it is probable that no other man, save Plato, shaped the [...]

[Rough Draft] “The Re-Emergence of Schelling” – Metaphysically (un)grounding the natural sciences

For a PDF of the entire essay, click The Re-Emergence of Schelling: Philosophy in a Time of Emergency. Metaphysically (un)grounding the natural sciences  Schelling’s almost complete absence in Anglophone natural philosophy for more than 150 years (aside from his powerful effects on Coleridge,168 Peirce,169 and Emerson,170 and through the intermediary of Naturphilosoph Alexander von Humboldt, his [...]

Thinking with Steiner Beyond the Brain: Reflections on My Bildung and the Philosophy of Freedom

Part 1: Remembering Childhood Until about age seven, children seem to be naturally aware of the reality of a world beyond their physical senses. As they age, most of them seem to lose touch with this deeper dimension of the world. According to the common sense of our materialistic age, this is because their once [...]

Coleridge and Scientific Realism

I'm continuing to read Barfield's book What Coleridge Thought (1971) with great excitement. Barfield includes two short chapters entitled "Ideas, Methods, Laws" and "Coleridge and the Cosmology of Science" wherein he attempts to say a bit about how Coleridge's dynamic philosophy might be brought into conversation with contemporary natural science. It would be helpful, before [...]

Coleridge and Barfield on Life, Imagination, and Reality

Continuing with Barfield's (I think masterful) attempt (What Coleridge Thought, 1971) to give the definitive philosophical statement of a thinker who never seems to have gotten around to doing the same for himself, here are a few more reflections... Barfield judges Coleridge a genius. Perhaps so, but the latter said of his own existant philosophical [...]

What Barfield Thought Coleridge Thought

I'm in the midst of another fantastic course this semester with Prof. Jake Sherman, this time on the creative imagination. We're now reading Owen Barfield's masterful What Coleridge Thought (1971). It's my second reading, though this time with a new copy (lacking my original marginalia in a more recent printing that I've since given away). The new [...]

Imagining the Future with Owen Barfield: Towards a Participatory Turn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oedVDN1xOWM I've been reading Owen Barfield's recently republished philosophical novella Unancestral Voice (1967, 2010). Like many of his books, its aim is to make the esotericism of Rudolf Steiner more digestible to a 20th century audience. Barfield begins by setting the late industrial scene ~1967, situating us within the toxic detritus of a decaying civilization [...]

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Activity: Socrates, Jesus, and the Wisdom of Love

I've been asked to think about thinking, and to write about it. I've gotten myself tangled up in the middle of this kind of mess before, and so I'll admit right off the bat that I cannot be sure which comes first, the thinking or the writing. Maybe my writing is just the trace of [...]