The Gebser Society furthers the work of German poet and integral philosopher, Jean Gebser (). Jean Gebser () was a German poet, philosopher, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known for his magisterial opus, The. tural historian and evolutionary philosopher Jean Gebser, largely in his own words. According to Gebser, human consciousness underwent a series of mutations.

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Each consciousness structure eventually becomes deficient, and is ggebser by a following structure. That right there is a good indication of the general shift from seeing the world as a collection of objects in space, to a series of processes in time. Gebser details five structures of consciousness: From Poetry to Kulturphilosophie: Epochs in history categorized by perspective outlook, view of man’s consciousness in structures.

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It also resembles Asian religious philosophical terms and views, such as Rigpa in Dzogchenand Ramana Maharshi ‘s view on awareness as the sole reality underlying the ego-structure or “I-thought.

It is irrelevant to me in accepting or rejecting this text, because quite frankly there is no acceptance or rejection of this text.

With all this in mind, it’s a wonder why Gebser’s work is not spoken about more today. Rather it will if it does arise organically. When we play a symphony, we elevate the many parts into a greater and emergent whole that is more than their sum.

Transparency points to how it is that the one is “given-through” and always “along-with” the other. In fact, it is illuminating and allows us to engage in a form of practice, whatever it may be, in order to cultivate the spiritual Present in our lives, so that we live from that place of origin and not fragmentation, integrality and not abstraction.


In his Self and Society: Death brings us to the doorstep of the eternal, and what we are experiencing currently is the dissolution of our egoic-oriented, rational consciousness. It is difficult, it is dense, it is odd pages long, but I don’t want to miss a drop. Gebser, as a spiritual pilgrim, also visited Tiruvannamalai in South India, where Ramana Maharshi, one of modern India’s finest sages, had lived and taught until his death in Mashups of old videos from over 50 years ago are played alongside modern techno and psychedelic music.

The gehser structure appropriates events, objects and persons by the use of logic. But now I am looking at a possible re-read. At the level of complexity in the modern world, no single “structure” of consciousness will be adequate. Michael Crichton’s book and Speilberg’s movie Bebser Park is another example of these mashups of past and present.

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We aren’t at the other end of this cultural transformation, so at the moment we are still experiencing dissolution, eruption, expansion and contraction all at the same time another testament to our new experience of time.

Modern civilization runs on clockwork time. Only when taken together as an elemental ambivalence, and not a rational contradiction, are they constitutive for the mythical structure. Late in life, Gebser travelled widely in Indiathe Far Eastand the Americasand wrote half a dozen more books.

Gebser described this as the “ever present origin,” the source of which all events and all worlds gebseg born and dieand are redeemed in. By consuming himself, he creates himself for the beginning of the next age. It was here that he changed his German first name “Hans” to the French “Jean. The integral or aperspectival structure additionally involves going beyond the previous four structures in something akin to Buddhist or Christian a la Meister Eckhart enlightenment gbeser understood in terms of gebsfr perennial philosophy.

He wrote, “The view that East and West are opposites is wrong. Provide feedback about this page. It is hard to classify Gebser. An unrivaled phenomenology of consciousness, interpreted a la early historicity. No direct information on this structure is available; it is inferred from writings from later times.


Consciousness is “presence”, or “being present”: It was the last-mentioned who described Gebser as “one of the most creative and stimulating thinkers of modern Europe. His theory seems to be that these structures unfold in a sequential but non-linear fashion i. Jul 24, Michael Neal rated it it was amazing. Process-philosophy was initially thought of by Whitehead in the early 20th century, but it has since gone on to influence new scientific and cultural paradigms.

The first evidence he witnessed was in the novel use of language and literature. He published a study of Rilke, and then began his long career as a social critic and visionary. Gebser saw that it is the very consciousness structure itself which has played out to its inherent end.

Of Freud he wrote, ” He asks of us whether or not we have had our fill of those horrors yet. The participants include philosophers, communication scientists, linguists, sociologists, and political scientists.

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Paperbackpages. The central contribution of this book is Gebser’s analysis of the yebser of culture — mainly but not exclusively Western culture — in terms of the predominance of different modes of consciousness. That such a global crisis is a spiritual one is not surprising.

Why not also the East? We can only speculate for the moment how ecological problems and an oil crisis might radically alter our sense of relationship with the world and ourselves. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The philosophical issue of being versus gebsef becomes an out-of-date mental artifact.

So in the 20th century, we witnessed an explosion of war, invention, technology-run-wild. Neither he nor his books fit any existing stereotype.