On Truth (5): The Redemption of Thinking

In following the silver thread of this study, we have compassed many themes including epistemology, consciousness and its evolution, the scientific method, its history and possibilities for its future development. Most fundamentally, however, our inquiry stems from the primordial impulse and Holy Grail of philosophy as, Aristotle expressed it in the first line of Metaphysics:…

On Truth (4): Scientia & Sapientia, and the Causes of Post-Truth

“What science cannot discover, mankind cannot know.” —Bertrand Russell Nihil enim scitur nisi verum, quod cum entit convertitur. “Nothing is known except truth, which is the same as being.” —Thomas Aquinas In the last chapter of this exploration, we suggested that post-truth is the same as post-meaning. In other words, the truth of things is their meaning. From this, it follows…

On Truth (3): Nietzsche, Plato, Cartesius, Kant

Both in the introduction of this theme and the introduction to the dissertation itself, we introduced the subject of truth, or lack thereof. We considered, in the former case, truth in respect to its etymological relation to “tree,” and explored the symbolic resonance between these two concepts. We concluded that, among myriad other connections that…

On Truth (2): Steiner & Barfield

The following is a draft-excerpt from a dissertation that the editor of Theoria-press is presently engaged in writing for a doctoral degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Comments welcome. The former earned his M.A. in the same program in May of 2017, of which the culminating project was this…

On Truth (1): Introduction, Mythos, Lógos

The following is a draft-excerpt from a dissertation that the editor of Theoria-press is presently engaged in writing for a doctoral degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Comments welcome. The former earned his M.A. in the same program in May of 2017, of which the culminating project was this…

Two Sonnets: to Sadness

The trees aloft their weighty boughs scarce-hold Each dejected leaf hangs pond’rous, low With heaviness but one who’s sad can know Whose new anticipation is grown old Whose onetime glowing hope is waned and cold Whose soul forsakes the temperate ebb and flow Of reasons, seasons, feelings to and fro The solemn sky itself with…

Owen Barfield (1): Participation and its Evolution

The following is a draft-excerpt from a dissertation that the editor of Theoria-press is presently engaged in writing for a doctoral degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Comments welcome. The former earned his M.A. in the same program in May of 2017, of which the culminating project was this…

Sonnet, on a Butterfly

A traveler hailed from antique lands of light She lilted in on eddies made of air Exotic gifts from far flung lands to bear Upon my petalled couch did she alight Recounted tales to me of high delight Of distant places wide and passing fair Insouciant spaces, blithe, without a care Enrapt was I to…

Owen Barfield and Final Participation

Participation was a technical term for the Schoolmen of the Middle Ages. The latter, in turn, inherited it along with the rich philosophical lineage that flowed like a river of wisdom through Plato, Aristotle, and the New Testament and Neo-Platonist writers like Paul, Proclus, Boethius, and Dionysius the Areopagite. These philosophers wrote in Greek so…

Exhortations on Myth, Meaning, & Nature, and Some Objections

Ritual is myth transposed into the key of temporality. Or, ordinary activity transposed into the key of eternity, which is the realm of myth. The desire of mimesis (libido imitatio) is the longing to participate the deeds and sufferings of gods, as a child wishes to emulate his mother and father. That inspires the transposition….