Thursday, June 23, 2005


For some reason, when delving into the post-metaphysical thing in theology, I keep coming across reference's to Kenneth Wilber, the philosopher and founder (as well as disowner) of transpersonal psychology -- now into integral thought based on evolutionary psychology and post-foundationalism. Some of his stuff looks to be edged with green spidery ink in my instinctual universe, but there are also fascinating tangential comments that arise from his force-field - like this one from the delightfully entitled Vomiting Confetti blog.

And Kant? It seems to be the consensus view that Kant is the colossus of western philosophy, that all western philosophy prior to Kant must refer in some way to him, and that when transcendental idealism collapsed, the cry was 'Back to Kant!' or where there's no yoga, there's Kant. There's altogether too much that can be said about Kant, so I'll brutally summarise him by saying that Kant is the springboard to the Integral pantheon... the point at which attempts to think your way to God had been more or less skewered. Where Kant gave up rational theology and declared God unknowable, Integral post-metaphysics should pick up the story. Or so the theory goes.

I'd better find out where it's heading... If I recall correctly, I most recently came across Wilber in a review of Nicholas Wolterstorf's Reason Within the Bounds of Religion and in J. Wentzel van Huyssteen's The Shaping of Rationality: Toward Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Science.

I'm somewhat attracted toward's the latter's post-foundationalism - the search for multivalent and functional conversation strategies that contest modernity's objectivism without sinking into a post-modern ultracontextualism beyond recall. P-f searches for the regulative as well as the divergent, without prescribing either (or their boundaries) in advance. That's somehwere in the right space...

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