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Announcing 5 New Titles in the SUNY Series in Integral Theory

By: sean@metaintegral.com

Books, books, and more books! A conference just isn’t a conference if it isn’t showcasing some of the best and brightest new books in the field. So as editor of the SUNY Series I am pleased to send this update to everyone right as we approach ITC 2013.

As many of you will remember, at the 2010 Integral Theory Conference we launched the SUNY Series in Integral Theory with the publicaiton of four new textbooks:

Complex Thought 101

By: sean@metaintegral.com

In my first year of graduate studies I took a course co-taught by Sean Kelly and Alfonso Montuori, which focused on the evolution of consciousness, planetary culture, and complexity. Ken Wilber’s writings were among the required readings. It was in this course that I encountered the work of French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin. We read his Homeland Earth, which had been translated by Sean and in many ways occupies a place in Morin’s corpus similar to Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything.

Wilber and Bhaskar Begin an Important Debate

By: sean@metaintegral.com

When I first wrote “An Ontology of Climate Change” and began drawing on Roy Bhaskar’s work, in the back of my mind I was saying to myself: “Wouldn’t it be cool if Roy and Ken were in dialogue and debate around the status of ontology in Integral Theory?” Fast-forward two years later and voila - this has finally come to pass. In the most recent issue of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (Vol. 7 No.

Critical Realism 101

By: sean@metaintegral.com

ITC 2008 Plants a Seed

I first learned of Critical Realism from Mark Edwards during his 2008 ITC presentation, where he said something to the effect that to not know Roy Bhaskar’s work was to risk not being integral. Well, that was all it took for me to order about 10 books from Amazon.com. Thank you Mark for introducing me to Critical Realism!

Even Theories Can Do Shadow Work

By: sean@metaintegral.com

Our vision of Integral Theory is of a metatheory that becomes more integral through the engagement of other integrative metatheories and their proponents. Hence this year’s conference theme of Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitian, where our keynote presenters are two academic giants of integrative and transdisciplinary scholarship: Roy Bhaskar, founder of Critical Realism; and Edgar Morin, founder of Complex Thought.

Complex Thought 101

By: sean@metaintegral.com

In my first year of graduate studies, I took a course co-taught by Sean Kelly and Alfonso Montuori that focused on the evolution of consciousness, planetary culture, and complexity. Ken Wilber’s writings were among the required readings. It was in this course that I encountered the work of French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin.

Dedicated to Ken Wilber and His Vision of an Integral World

By: sean@metaintegral.com

Having written and edited several academic texts, I have had the pleasure of dedicating books to key people in my life. A dedication is a simple gesture that is often overlooked by readers. But this gesture is quite a bold statement, as the writing or editing of books often takes years and in short you are acknowledging someone important to you in a very direct and profound way. In some ways it is a shame that books are one of the few things we tend to dedicate to people. It seems that other multi-year projects would be worthy candidates for such dedication.

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