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Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts on Integral Theory and its application. Building on the vision of American philosopher Ken Wilber, he has played a significant role in creating the academic field of Integral Theory.

Before founding MetaIntegral, Sean served as chair of the Department of Integral Theory and director of the Integral Research Center at John F. Kennedy University. He is founder and executive editor of The Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP), co-founder/co-organizer of the biennial Integral Theory Conference, and editor of the SUNY Press book series in Integral Theory. A leading scholar-practitioner in integral studies, Sean and has published extensively in numerous academic journals, applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including research, education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies.

He is co-author of Integral Ecology (Integral Books, 2009) and editor of Integral Theory in Action (SUNY, 2010) and Integral Education (SUNY, 2010). Sean lives with his wife and two daughters on five acres of Redwoods in Sebastopol, California.

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Integral Ecology: A Post-Metaphysical Approach to Environmental Phenomena

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Integral Theory provides a distinct and participatory approach to Ecology. This article introduces Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, distinguishes the Integral approach from other methods, and applies some key concepts to Ecology. The ontology, epistemology, and methodology of environmental phenomena are examined in light of Wilber’s framework and the framework is applied to multidimensional examples of recycling. Finally, an Integral Ecology platform is presented.

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Integral Ecology: An Ecology of Perspectives

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There are many competing approaches available for responding to environmental problems and dealing with ecological issues. This article provides an introduction to Integral Ecology, an approach that takes the valuable insights from all the major schools of ecological thought and unites them in a comprehensive framework. First, the difficulty of defining “ecology” is explored. Next, the twenty-five major approaches to ecology are introduced. Finally, Integral Ecology is defined in such a way that it honors the importance of all these approaches.

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Taking Aliens Seriously

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Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? Is it possible that alien beings have already contacted us? What do we make of the thousands of testimonials of human-alien contact, including from scientists, diplomats and astronauts? Yet… where’s the proof? And if there is proof, why is alien contact not the biggest story of the millennia?