Dancing with Sophia

Integral Philosophy on the Verge

Edited by Michael Schwartz & Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
Foreword by Brian Schroeder
Afterword by Ken Wilber

Subjects: Integral Theory, Psychology, Philosophy, Transpersonal Psychology
Series: SUNY series in Integral Theory
Paperback : 9781438476544, 522 pages, November 2019
Hardcover : 9781438476551, 522 pages, November 2019

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations and Tables

Foreword: The Global-Historical Movement of Integral Thinking
Brian Schroeder

Introduction: Integral Philosophy on the Verge
Michael Schwartz and Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

Part I. Criticality and Normative Orientation

1. Integral Theory, Pragmatism, and the Future of Philosophy
Zachary Stein

2. Stages, States, and Modes of Existence in Integral Critical Theory
Martin Beck Matuštik

3. Tetra Call of the Good
Michael Schwartz

4. Nothing Matters vs. Nothing Matters: How Integral Theory Addresses Nihilism
Michael E. Zimmerman

Part II. Wild Nature—Plural Touch

5. Heidegger and Integral Ecology: Toward an Intelligible Cosmos
David E. Storey

6. Dancing on the Verge: Schelling, Dōgen, and Integral Thinking
Jason M. Wirth

7. An Integral Touch: Philosophies for Pluralism, Realism, and Embodiment
Sam Mickey

Part III. Limits and Critique

8. Toward an Integral Ontological Pluralism: A Process-Oriented Critique of Integral Theory’s Evolutionary Cosmology
Zayin Cabot

9. Derrida and Wilber at the Crossroads of Metaphysics
Gregory Desilet

10. Ontological and Epistemic Considerations for Integral Philosophy: Toward a Critical Realist Integral Theory
Nicholas Hedlund

11. Embodied Realisms and Integral Ontologies: Toward Self-Critical Theories 311
Tom Murray

12. Making Sense of Everything? Integral Postmetaphysics and the Theological Turn in Continental Philosophy
Cameron Stewart Rees Freeman

Part IV: Philosophy and Meta-Philosophy

13. Sophia Speaks: An Integral Grammar of Philosophy
Bruce Alderman

Afterword: Realism and Idealism in Integral Theory
Ken Wilber

List of Contributors

Explores the philosophical dimensions and implications of integral theory.


Dancing with Sophia is the first book of essays to focus on the philosophical dimensions and implications of integral theory. A metatheory that organizes first order theories and disciplines into higher order modes of knowing and insight needed to address the complexity of today's world, integral theory has already impacted a wide range of disciplines, from psychology to business to religious studies to art. Included here are perspectives by scholars in the continental, comparativist, and process traditions who dive into integral theory's postmetaphysical claims in order to mine, extend, and critique its philosophical merits. On the verge of its own emergence, integral philosophy promotes modes of creative critical thought oriented toward the multidimensional flourishing of planetary well-being, and Dancing with Sophia will be of interest to scholars in philosophy; religious studies; transpersonal, developmental, and humanist psychology; and more.

Michael Schwartz is Professor of Art History and Humanities at Augusta University. He is coeditor (with Jason M. Wirth and David Jones) of On the True Sense of Art: A Critical Companion to the Transfigurements of John Sallis and The Gift of Logos: Essays in Continental Philosophy. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens is the founder of MetaIntegral, a social enterprise company dedicated to the professional application of integral principles. He is coeditor (with Jonathan Reams and Olen Gunnlaugson) of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning and editor of Integral Theory in Action: Applied, Theoretical, and Constructive Perspectives on the AQAL Model, both published by SUNY Press.


"Integral theory is a bold and provocative endeavor. It challenges one to think past the norm, to sail beyond the horizon and risk encountering the Scylla and Charybdis of what is academically acceptable—or at least familiar—and what is possible, in ways that only are now beginning to dawn on both thinking and dwelling. If it is nothing else, integral theory is the movement beyond the purely intellectual into the lived experience. This is its 'meta-' dimension properly understood. " — from the Foreword by Brian Schroeder