September 22, 2011
Ethics. What does the "good life" mean in the context of contemporary life? The unavoidability of metaphysics. The American Transcendentalists. Cultural evolution. The idea of progress. The relationship between mysticism and science, otherwise known as the relationship between the inifinite and finite, duality and non-duality. Integral theory. The relationship between spiritual experience and behavior. Why talking about philosophy is endlessly compelling. Is the exchange of ideas enough to create something new?
The world without philosophy is like hiking without a map--enjoyable, but not very good if you're trying to get somewhere. My boots are on and the compass is in hand!