Diagramming German Idealism

I'm teaching an online graduate course called Mind and Nature in German Idealism this semester. Below I am sharing several diagrams that I've developed to depict Kant's transcendental method as it evolves through the first three critiques, as well as Fichte's radicalization of the Kantian project. I hope to continue developing this diagram to elucidate Schelling, Goethe, [...]

A talk on Ecodelic Philosophy at the Symbiosis Gathering

I'm headed back to the Symbiosis Gathering later this year. I'll be offering a talk on the role of psychedelics--or "ecodelics" as author Richard Doyle refers to them--and the philosophical insights they engender that may be of service to steering through our planetary crisis. When ingested in carefully crafted ceremonial containers, ecodelics reveal the deeper connections and interpenetration of [...]

Lecture: “The Psychedelic Eucharist: Towards a Pharmacological Philosophy of Religion” at CIIS this Monday (9/29) from 6-9pm

I'm giving another talk on Monday (9/29) on psychedelics (the last one was at Burning Man) as part of a panel discussion for the Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education (ERIE) student group at CIIS. This one will focus on the psychedelic roots of philosophy, particularly as they relate to the Eleusinian mystery rites. I'll paste [...]

The Psychedelic Eucharist: Is there an Alchemical Solution to the Ecological Crisis?

Some notes toward a talk I'm giving at Burning Man next week. I'll be at camp Cosmicopia (located at 3:45 and Ephesus). The talk is on Wednesday at 4pm. http://playaevents.burningman.com/playa_event/13197/ ........................ The word “psychedelic” was coined in the 1950s by the British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond in a letter exchanged with the famed author and philosopher [...]

9th International Whitehead Conference in Kracow, Poland

I'm headed halfway around the world today to present a paper at the IWC in Poland. Roland Faber, Catherine Keller, Herman Greene and others will be giving talks. I'll do my best to record and/or live blog during their remarks. I'll be presenting a paper in the religion section on the secularization of God in [...]

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 [...]

Graham Harman’s Ontology of Style

I liked Harman's reflections on style in philosophy so much I thought I'd paste them here. They are originally from this interview by Brian Davis conducted last year. BD:  Michel Serres has said “philosophy is an anticipation of future thoughts and practices… Not only must philosophy invent, but it also invents the common ground for [...]

Vitalism in Philosophy: “The stars are the fountain veins of God.” -Böhme

Levi Bryant is pulling his hair out about vitalist philosophy (a title he gives to the work of Bergson, Whitehead, and Deleuze, among others). I read all three as materialists, though of course it is a rather strange sort of materialism replete with God-making machines, physical feelings, and alchemical metallurgy. Nonetheless, their philosophical work, especially Whitehead's, couldn't [...]