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International Symposium "Metatheory for the 21st-Century: Critical Realism and Integral Theory in Dialogue"

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

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.

At the Edge of Integral Metatheory: Notes from the Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

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:

The International Association of Critical Realism Conference: Global Change Challenges & Critical Realism Debates

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

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.

Psycho-Ontology: now that is some (crazy) cool metaphysics!

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

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.

'Integrated' Collaborative Research on Climate Change and Integral's 'Leg Up'

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

 
"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
 

On The Economic Context of Research: Open Access Publishing in the Sciences

By: Nick Hedlund-de Witt

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:

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