On July 17th, 2013 in San Francisco, California, the Integral Research Center will host an exciting pre-Integral Theory Conference event on metatheory and its application in our contemporary global context. We will be building on the highly generative dialogical encounter between critical realism and integral theory that we began during the four-day Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium at John F. Kennedy University in the fall of 2011.
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"[In the 21st century], there will be an urgent need for scholars who go beyond the isolated facts; who make connections across the disciplines; and who begin to discover a more coherent view of knowledge and a more integrated, more authentic view of life." – Ernest Boyer
Welcome to the new Integral Research Center.
Integral Institute and John F. Kennedy University are pleased to announce the Critical Realism and Integral Theory Symposium.
On September 15-18, 2011, Integral Institute and the Integral Research Center hosted the Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium at John F. Kennedy University, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event, founded by the leading scholars Roy Bhaskar and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, was envisaged with the intention of exploring the points of contact and divergence between the meta-systemic approaches of Critical Realism and the philosophy of meta-Reality on the one hand, and Integral Theory on the other. Integral Theory participants included:
Global change challenges such as economic decline, persistent inequality and social injustice, climate change, loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation are symptoms of a wider set of issues with roots in established norms, social practices and power structures. They have ontological roots and effects that shape the future of all people and forms of life on planet earth, including African citizens, as history is showing. Interesting new responses are emerging such as new patterns of social mobilisation, new forms of politics and new development configurations.
Despite the slightly awkward phrase, the nascent field of "Psycho-Ontology" seems noteworthy for Integral researchers and Integral Post-metaphysicians, given its cocommitant commitment to studying the ontic implications of studies in cognitive epistemology along side an exploration of cognitive-epistemic implications of transcentental ontological approaches. This is a key inquiry, and one that was touched on during the Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium.
"Research on climate change can be effective only if it is accompanied by greater integration [....] We need to break down the boundaries between university departments and funding agencies that cater only to broad disciplines, such as 'sciences' or 'arts'. Integrated science at the international level is certainly the way to go. This is urgent: the planet calls for action now." -Paulo Artaxo
We live in amazing times, simultaneously ridden with breakdowns but also graced by breakthroughs...
Alex O. Holcombe, Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at University of Sydney has published a worthwhile article on the growing movement with the academy towards open access scientific publishing HERE. As the author states in the following excerpt: