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 [...]

Meta-Linguistics (dialoguing with Layman Pascal)

Thanks to Bruce Alderman, Layman Pascal, and The Integral Stage for another great conversation! Here's Bruce's description: How does our understanding of the relationship between language and reality evolve as we develop, individually and culturally? What does it mean for language to be the house of being? Is there any sense in seeking a universal [...]

Lecture and notes on Part I of Whitehead’s “Process & Reality”

This Fall at, I'm teaching an online advanced seminar on Whitehead's magnum opus, Process & Reality. Here are my reflections on Part I of Process & Reality, "The Speculative Scheme." Note that I discuss Richard Rorty's conference presentation during a symposium on Whitehead at Stanford back in April 2006. Isabelle Stengers and Donna Haraway were [...]

Book Review of Dreyfus & Taylor’s “Retrieving Realism”

World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research just published my review of Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor's book Retrieving Realism (2015). Read my review here (it may be behind a paywall, sorry about that). I have another expanded article on their book coming out very soon in the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies that [...]

Tribute to Wittgenstein

There was a period of about 3 months back in college when Wittgenstein was all I could read (this essay emerged out of that period). His genius had infected me. I was sure his solutions had dissolved all my philosophical problems (indeed, I thought he'd cured me of philosophy). Of course, back in college, I [...]

Curing Philosophy

Wittgenstein's model philosopher would act like a physician, though instead of trying to cure physical ailments, he would attempt to relieve metaphysical tension. The philosopher is a doctor of the mind, more commonly known as a psychologist. His task is to keep the language from misunderstanding itself. This, in turn, prevents people from becoming insane. [...]

Hofstadter, Wittgenstein, Varela: Loops, Language, Poesis

The purpose of this essay is to display how the Enlightenment's arête became its hamartia. In other words, it is to show how Modernity's greatest virtue became its tragic flaw. Its virtue was to separate the Big Three: the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This differentiation lead to all the positive aspects of Modern [...]

Wittgenstein and Language

What is language? Wittgenstein’s early project was to define language in the terms most familiar to the Western tradition, running through Augustine up until Russell. His aim was to show that all philosophy consisted in defining the logical form of sentences. A certain proposition was thought to be isomorphic to a certain event in the [...]