Title of contribution:
Becoming Integral in the Anthropocene
Where & when:
Friday, May 29th, 2020
11:30 – 13:30
Presentation: Becoming Integral in the Anthropocene
This paper descriptively examines the emergent poetics of planetary thinking that our age—the geological epoch of the Anthropocene—is calling forth in us, and how an integral ontology could help to enact them. First, I begin by grounding us in the phenomenological approach to integral philosophy offered through Jean Gebser (1905-1973), which helps us identify the primary markers of integral consciousness in art, aesthetics, and contemporary culture. Through identifying these cultural examples, I suggest that an “integral ontology”, an ontology of the future, is becoming realized through the unique conditions of our civilizational crisis. As Gebser suggests, within our dissolution there contains a solution. Recognizing the direness of our planetary crisis, I suggest that a poetics of planetary thinking is emerging—not just within integral communities—and indeed must emerge with our participation. The integral community has a unique opportunity to enact, give voice to, and find clear expression for this new integral ontology; an ontology in which new forms of sensemaking self and world, human and non-human, time and becoming form a coherent and emergent whole, moving us from civilization into planetization.
About Jeremy Johnson:
Jeremy D Johnson, MA is an editor, writer, and integral scholar. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness (2019) and president of the International Jean Gebser Society. He is currently working on an anthology series, MUTATIONS: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene (2020), for Revelore Press, as well as his next book, Fragments of an Integral Futurism (2019).