Revisioning Philosophy

Edited by James Ogilvy

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791409909, 318 pages, November 1991
Hardcover : 9780791409893, 318 pages, December 1991

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Table of contents



The Need for Revisioning Philosophy
James Ogilvy

I. Philosophy Incarnate

Epistemology and the Extinction of Species
Tyrone Cashman

Beyond Reason: The Importance of Emotion in Philosophy
Robert C. Solomon

Daring Witness: The Recovery of Female Time
Susan Griffin

Who is that Masked Woman? Reflections on Power, Privilege, and Home-ophobia
Naomi Scheman

The Evolution of Embodied Consciousness
Michael Murphy

Making it Concrete: Before, During and After Breakdowns
Francisco J. Varela

What is Moral Maturity? Towards a Phenomenology of Ethical Expertise
Hubert L. Dreyfus & Stuart E. Dreyfus

Why Business is Talking About Ethics: Reflections on Foreign Conversations
Joanne B. Ciulla

II. Democracy, Individualism and Pluralism

Autonomy and Responsibility: The Social Basis of Ethical Individualism
Robert N. Bellah

John Dewey, Spiritual Democracy, and the Human Future
Steven C. Rockefeller

Viewpoints: Body, Spirit, and Democracy
Don Hanlon Johnson

Resistance to Tolerance and Pluralism in World-Community: Otherness as Contamination
Bruce Wilshire

Beyond Individualism and Collectivism
Jame Ogilvy

III. Spiritual Traditions and Philosophy

A Nonary of Priorities
Raimundo Panikkar

Is There a Perennial Philosophy?
Huston Smith

Philosophy and Evolution of Consciousness
Robert A. McDermott

Can Western Philosophers Understand Asian Philosophies? The Challenge and Opportunities of State-of-Consciousness Research
Roger Walsh

David Applebaum

Notes on Contributors


Contributors to this volume include Robert Bellah, Raimundo Panikkar, Susan Griffin, Robert C. Solomon, Hubert L. Dreyfus and Stuart D. Dreyfus, Francisco J. Varela, Steven Rockefeller, Bruce Wilshire, Huston Smith, Joanne Ciulla, Michael Murphy, Tyrone Cashman, Naomi Scheman, Don Hanlon Johnson, Robert A. McDermott, Roger Walsh, and David Appelbaum.

James Ogilvy is Director of the Revisioning Philosophy Program at Esalen Institute. He is the author of Many Dimensional Man: Decentralizing Self, Society and the Sacred, editor of Self and World: Readings in Philosophy, and coauthor of Seven Tomorrows: Toward a Voluntary History.


"I like the fact that the essays in this work address topics and issues that are of genuine importance to the human community, above and beyond the narrow concerns of a few hundred specialists in a particular philosophical discipline.

"The topic is very significant. What Ogilvy and his authors address is the fact that contemporary philosophy has, in effect, put its head into the sand of super-specialization, while there are extraordinary conceptual and social changes going on that require—demand philosophical analysis and reflection. The first section, 'Philosophy Incarnate' is really quite good. The other two sections, on political and spiritual issues, are also very revealing. There are not many collections which bring together these kinds of essays, that are of such good quality. " — Michael E. Zimmerman, Tulane University

"Ogilvy has assembled a very diverse and interesting group of scholars to comment upon the future directions and development of philosophy, broadly conceived as a transdisciplinary reflection upon a host of perennial concerns, rather than as a narrow matrix of disciplinary expertise. He does a masterful job of weaving this collection into an attractive single fabric, exhibiting many colorful patterns. He is at his best in describing both 'the Need' for philosophy to provide some satisfaction to intelligent laypersons, and the abdication of professional academic philosophy from wrestling with this concern. A most interesting, varied, and highly stimulating collection of essays!" — George R. Lucas Jr. , The National Endowment for the Humanities