Whitehead and Grof

The following three articles use concepts from the metaphysics of the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead to develop a framework that illuminates extraordinary human experiences, especially those experiences Stanislav Grof calls “holotropic.” The articles: provide a basic account of some of Whitehead’s central ideas, explain holotropic and other extraordinary experience, taking advantage of the […]

From Epistemology to Transcendence

From Epistemology to Transcendence Follow the link above to this paper thus summarized: Science and modern culture have paradoxically absorbed both Hume’s stipulation of the priority of sensory experience and Kant’s assertion that mental and mathematical abstractions are fundamental and prior to sensory experience.  Whitehead resolves the paradox by postulating a universe created out of occasions that exemplify William James’s […]

Legacy Lost: The Ecstasy Deficit in Modern Philosophy

Legacy Lost: The Ecstasy Deficit in Modern Philosophy Presented at the Pacific Division, American Philospohical Association, March 2013. Follow the link above to this paper thus summarized: Western philosophy has a vital inheritance from mythological cults that emerged out of Shamanic mists and yielded both the great tragic plays and the power of mystery religions. This […]