Consciousness as Embodied, Embedded, Enmeshed

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens Article, Cognitive, Integrative Metatheory, Journal of Integral Theory & Practice, Perspectives, Psychology 1 Comment

Consciousness is all too often understood purely in subjective terms. An Integral approach recognizes that subjectivity is only one of four dimensions to consciousness. This article proposes that consciousness (subjectivity) cannot be understood independent of its co-arising with bodies (objectivity), cultures (intersubjectivity), and systems (interobjectivity).

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Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

About 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. He is co-author of Integral Ecology and editor of Integral Theory in Action and Integral Education.

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  1. Yeah, I think the modern view of consciousness is kind of equivalent to “thinking ability”, but I often explore the idea of consciousness as something that has existed for billions of years and we can choose to “join”, or the idea of consciousness as resembling a fractal where there is consciousness at the locality but this locality is represented by and represents the totality.
    I’m not sure how that maps to the article’s dimensions.

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