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 Urgency of Social Threefolding in a World Still at War with Itself (draft article)

The following is a rough draft of an article I am preparing for a special issue of the journal Eidos (CfP here). I understand that the threefolding idea is likely to upset people on all sides of the political spectrum. I am sharing the article at this stage to invite criticism, as my aim is [...]

“On the Edge of the Abyss or, How to Wage War on War?” By Edgar Morin

On the Edge of the Abyss or, How to Wage War on War? By Edgar Morin March 9, 2022 Now in his 100th year, Edgar Morin is a leading French public intellectual. A radically transdisciplinary thinker, Morin is the author of more than fifty volumes on complexity theory, sociology, human nature, ecology, popular culture, politics, and more, including Thinking about [...]

“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 [...]

A review of Michael Hogue’s “American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World” (2018)

MICHAEL S. HOGUE, American Immanence: Democracy for An Uncertain World. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018: 238 pages. [Reviewed by: MATTHEW D. SEGALL, Philosophy and Religion Department, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, USA. <msegall@ciis.edu>.]  Michael Hogue has written a timely theopolitical intervention drawing from (and contributing to) the American [...]

Meta-Politics – a discussion with Layman Pascal on “The Integral Stage”

https://youtu.be/l25bJpqzY_Q META-POLITICS - This is the first episode in a new conversation series between Layman Pascal and Matthew T. Segall. After touching on the deep strangeness of our time, and on the importance of finding a new post/metaphysical nexus for politics, religion, and ecology (a reintegration of the value spheres) Layman and Matt take up [...]

Reading and Riffing on Murray Bookchin’s “The Ecology of Freedom”

Zooming out from the horror show of the upcoming presidential election, I decided to do some thinking with Bookchin about social contracts, participatory vs representative forms of democracy, and direct action as permanent revolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb41foDwLOY part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSTejCAGCHs part 2 https://youtu.be/r8h9YHtHPoY part 3

Whitehead and Marx: A Cosmopolitical Approach to Ecological Civilization

Below is a recording of my talk (a video first, then audio only that includes the discussion afterwards). I've also included an extended draft of some notes I took to prepare my talk. Finally, I've included my notes taken while listening to Jason Moore during yesterday's opening lecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESDLeNA84Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32-vWJJSIk&amp; Fifth annual conference of the [...]