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By: Mark Forman

The Integral Theory Conference is the single most complete and diverse gathering of integral voices in the world. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in our panel discussions:

The "stars" of the integral community - academics and leaders - share a common stage with equally potent "bright lights" of integral from all over the world. We bring them together, in a democratic format, to discuss the most pressing and intriguing issues facing the field and the planet.

If there were questions about the collective gravitas of the integral community,...

By: sean@metaintegral.com

In my first year of graduate studies I took a course co-taught by Sean Kelly and Alfonso Montuori, which focused on the evolution of consciousness, planetary culture, and complexity. Ken Wilber’s writings were among the required readings. It was in this course that I encountered the work of French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin. We read his Homeland Earth, which had been translated by Sean and in many ways occupies a place in Morin’s corpus similar to Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything.

I was immediately engaged and excited by the integrative approach...

By: sean@metaintegral.com

When I first wrote “An Ontology of Climate Change” and began drawing on Roy Bhaskar’s work, in the back of my mind I was saying to myself: “Wouldn’t it be cool if Roy and Ken were in dialogue and debate around the status of ontology in Integral Theory?” Fast-forward two years later and voila - this has finally come to pass. In the most recent issue of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (Vol. 7 No. 4) we published a number of articles that together signal an exciting new chapter in the growth and development...

By: sean@metaintegral.com

ITC 2008 Plants a Seed

I first learned of Critical Realism from Mark Edwards during his 2008 ITC presentation, where he said something to the effect that to not know Roy Bhaskar’s work was to risk not being integral. Well, that was all it took for me to order about 10 books from Amazon.com. Thank you Mark for introducing me to Critical Realism!

Mark’s comments led me to begin to study and draw on Critical Realism, which I found quite stimulating, and this led me to write the article “An...

By: sean@metaintegral.com

Our vision of Integral Theory is of a metatheory that becomes more integral through the engagement of other integrative metatheories and their proponents. Hence this year’s conference theme of Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitian, where our keynote presenters are two academic giants of integrative and transdisciplinary scholarship: Roy Bhaskar, founder of Critical Realism; and Edgar Morin, founder of Complex Thought.

I believe this year’s conference is a historic moment for Integral Theory. How could it not be – this is the first time that many scholar-practitioners...

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