Integral Philosophy

Instructor: Ali Akalin

Integral Philosophy makes the following observation: We already find ourselves in a Kosmos where different disciplines, different methodologies, and paradigms, are at work in illuminating, disclosing, and revealing to us the many faces, facets, and dimensions, of this Kosmos. In stead of asking, “which one of them is the exclusively right one?” Integral Philosophy invites us into a framework that can allow us to critically coordinate, compare, verify, or refute, claims of truth and knowledge within and amongst all of the major knowledge traditions in existence. Ken Wilber is arguably the most important philosopher of our time. The Integral Philosophy 202 course is designed to acquaint students of philosophy with Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, through the lens of academic philosophy. This course will explore the significance of Wilber’s body of work, his philosophical method, and the solutions proposed by his Integral Theory for historic, as well as, contemporaneous issues in philosophy.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and discuss, the fundamental differences between what a truly Integral Philosophy entails and the limitations of less than integral approaches to philosophy.
  2. Recognize, identify, and solve for, recalcitrant issues and conflicts in philosophy, through an integral approach to philosophy.
  3. Apply Integral Critical Theory to particular fields of knowledge, in order identify partialities, conflations, reductions, and confusions, within that field, and will be able to recommend precise solutions based on the essential features of Integral Critical Theory.
  4. Understand and utilize the methods and means Integral Philosophy offers with regards to Proof, Verification, and Refutation, within and amongst different fields of knowledge.
  5. Identify, explore, and utilize, the fundamental conceptual distinctions offered by this Integral Philosophy course, in their own immediate awareness, and on their personal experiences.
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