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Re-enchanting the Cosmos - Evolution and Consciousness from Ancient Greece to the Present

Pluto
Key Info: 
  • Explore a philosophical understanding of the evolution of consciousness
  • Gain a better understanding of the philosophy of organism
  • Study the thought of Plato, Whitehead, Steiner, Barfield, Ferrer and others
  • Get a greater understanding of the roots and relevance of Romanticism

With Matthew T. Segall and Dr. Andy Letcher

Fee: 
£ 795.00
Course fees include a four-night stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.

In this course we are delighted to welcome back the gifted philosopher and teacher, Matthew Segall, from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Matthew will lead us through the evolution of consciousness in the West from ancient Greece to the present. His goal will be twofold: to help us understand the historical process whereby humanity severed itself from a meaningful universe, and to re-ignite in us a cosmological imagination that will reconnect us to the soul of the world.

Together we will explore Plato’s cosmology and theory of participation. We will consider both the Scientific Revolution and the ensuing Romantic reaction. We will conclude with a study of several contemporary efforts to re-enchant the cosmos by grounding human consciousness back in the cosmological imagination, the great creative process of the universe.

In addition to Plato, we will study the archetypal astronomy of Johannes Kepler, the Naturphilosophie of Goethe and Schelling, the nature poetry of Coleridge and Wordsworth, the esoteric philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and Owen Barfield, the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, and the contemporary participatory theory of Jorge Ferrer.

Matthew will be supported by Andy Letcher, Programme Coordinator for the MA in Ecology and Spirituality at Schumacher.

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With Matthew T. Segall and Dr. Andy Letcher
Matthew T. Segall

Matthew T. Segall

Matthew T. Segall is a process philosopher who teaches courses on process-relational thought and German Idealism for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. His most recent course is ‘Process and Difference in the Pluriverse’, which applies process-relational metaphysics to the present social, political, and ecological crises. He has published articles on a wide-array of topics, including philosophy, Gaia theory, religious studies, psychedelics, and architecture, and his most recent book is titled Physics of the World-Soul: The Relevance of Alfred North Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism to Contemporary Scientific Cosmology (2016). He blogs regularly at footnotes2plato.com.

Dr Andy Letcher

Dr Andy Letcher is writer, performer and scholar of religion who began life as an ecologist, completing his D.Phil in Ecology at Oxford University. After a spell as an environmental activist during the 90s, especially during the anti-roads protests, he moved across to the humanities, completing a PhD at King Alfred’s College Winchester. He is an expert on contemporary alternative spiritualities, especially modern Paganism, neo-shamanism and psychedelic spiritualities. A writer known for his critical approach, he is the author of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom and a range of academic papers on subjects as diverse as fairies, animism, folklore, bardism and Druidry. He wrote the companion volume to The English Magic Tarot. A folk musician, he plays English bagpipes and Dark Age lyre, and for ten years fronted psych-folk band, Telling the Bees.

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