Integralism. Its difficult to define Integralism as it is still in its emergent stages. Put simply, Integralism is the next stage in the evolution of the human consciousness. It is an emerging line of thought which believes in a holistic embrace of everything plural.
Integral Thought is a new stream of philosophy which proposes to see everything in the holistic sense, every other thing as a â€œholonâ€ or whole. Seen through the Integral lens, everything in the Kosmos isÂ a part of the organic whole.Â There are no linear or fragmented perspectives. No fixed doctrines or theories. It is, as Ken Wilber calls, â€œA Theory of Everythingâ€. It is asperpectival, arational and holistic. Sean M. Saiter’s definition is explanatory: â€œIntegral is a bringing together and strategically linking of apparently contradictory or seemingly divergent worldviews, concepts, practices in an attempt to create a realistic, workable, fluid, and dynamic â€˜meta-visionâ€™â€ It includes in it every other worldview and perspective (past, emerging and future), fusing together â€œpartial truthsâ€ to form a realistic, workable, reformative strategy. It is a â€œgrand unifying theoryâ€ as opposed to a â€œgrand unifiedÂ theoryâ€.
Integralism.com explores the various facets of this emergent theory â€“ right from its historical, nascent beginnings to the current trends to the possible future mutations. We will analyze many aspects of Integral Thinking, Integral Government, Integral Economy and Integral Politics.
WHERE TO START?
If you are new to the whole concept of Integralism, here’s a guide on where to start:
What is Integral? This is a series of posts exploring Integral Thought, Integral theorists and their theories. If you want to know the definition of the term â€œIntegralâ€, you can start here. The series analyzes
The transition and acausal leap that is happening now
Ken Wilber’s pivotal contribution to the Integral world
Jean Gebser’s five structures of consciousness
Graves, Beck and Spiral Dynamics (SDi) and Second Tier Thinking
We have a lot more coming in this series, which would include every prominent Integral theory/theoristÂ and their contribution to the philosophy.
If â€œIntegralâ€ is still the will-o-the-wisp for you, you can graze through the pages that analyze the predictions or possible visions of an Integral era: Elements of an Integral Era â€“ Part I & Part II – These pages provide predictions on how the Integral Era would be, its constituents, its structure, its societal set-up and the level of consciousness of its people.
As it is sometimes opined, it is better to arrive at a definition by eliminating what is not needed. â€œNeti, Netiâ€ as the Hindu line of thought would call it. Integralism can also be defined by what it is not. Why Integralism is not Liberalism is the right source to know what is not Integralism.
INTEGRALISM – The Beginnings
When did Integralism begin? Who are the pioneer thinkers? What was their motive behind arriving at such a theory? And how did they arrive at it? Check the Origins of Integralism to find these out.
Historical Integral Thinkers is another series of posts which delves deep into the history of the philosophy. It makes a time travel down the line to track all the thinkers, writers and philosophers who had the â€œIntegralâ€ in their blood and exuded Integral consciousness through their works. Sri Aurobindo, Alan Watts, Jean Gebser, Pitirim Sorokin are some of the few. While Aurobindo featured it in his series on Integral Yoga, Charles Maurras is however one of the firsts to arrive at the term. Ken Wilber is said to have drawn inspiration from Aurobindo, followed by Don Beck and others.
Starting from Aurobindo, many have contributed to the Integral line of thinking. The most prominent among them is Ken Wilber whose â€œA Theory of Everythingâ€ published in 2000, brought an Integral upheaval in the American and world society. His AQAL (All Quadrants, All Levels) theory is very popular and serves as a model to Integral thought.
Integralism.com gives an overview of all existing Integral theorists â€“ from past to present to future. To start with, you can read about:
Ken Wilber, his AQAL, Third Way and Theory of Everything
Don Beck, his Spiral Dynamics and colors of thinking
Steve McIntosh’s Integral Politics and planet’s political future
Jean Gebser’s Five structures of the human consciousness
Pitirim Sorokin’s Integralism and its association with Catholicism
Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga and Integral Vision
Alan Watts’ and the emerging Integral way of life
Henry Augustine’s Four Versions of the Integral
Charles Maurras, his Action Francaise and Integral Nationalism
We have a lot more coming up on Integral theories and theorists. Stay tuned to get a dose of everything.
Ken Wilber & Integralism: It can be said that Integralism began as a movement with Ken Wilber. He is one of most significant of Integral Thinkers living today. We have discussed Integral Theory of Ken Wilber in our series of posts on Ken Wilber Revisited: From Wilber I to Wilber V. Look into our posts on Wilber I, Wilber II, Wilber III, Wilber IV and Wilber V to know about the depth and different facets/phases of Wilber’s Integral Theory of consciousness. You can also get an inkling of Wilber’s contribution to the Integral movement in this post. AQAL or All Quadrants, All Levels is explained in detail here. These posts also offer a good critique of Wilber’s works.
Special attention is given to Integral Politics in this website. With the political realm baffling a lot of local, national and global issues like global warming and nuclear warfare etc, we felt it necessary to educate our readers on what an Integral Third Way could do to the current political scenario. Check out our Integral Politics section to know more.
Under Integral Politics, we have analyzed everything from Integral Economy to Integral Government to Bill Clinton and George Bush. To start with, you can read about:
Integral Politics: Ken Wilber’s Third Way of development
Wilpert’s Dimensions of Integral Politics
Bill Clinton’s ‘Vital Center’ and Integral Consciousness
Steve McIntosh’s insight into political future of the planet
The Third Way: A comprehensive view of Integral Politics & AQAL
The Need and Purpose of an Integral Government â€“ Part I
The Need and Purpose of an Integral Government â€“ Part II
The Need and Purpose of an Integral Government – Part III
Integral Economy: Purpose & future of a Turquoise economy â€“ Part I
Integral Economy: Purpose & future of a Turquoise economy â€“ Part II
The Future of Integral Politics: Taking the Integral Paradigm to the masses
Integral Feminism: With everything undergoing a phenomenal change through the Integral lens, it is important to take a look at the much-debated realm of feminism. What will Integral Feminism look like? How will it view the feminine and masculine principles and “woman”? How different will it be from the First, Second and Third Wave of Feminism? Our series of posts on Integral Feminism is an answer to all these questions:
Integral Spirituality: Integral Spirituality is a series of posts that analyze the integral thought toward an integral spirituality. Ken Wilber’s book titled, Integral Spirituality is discussed through all posts and indicate the need for religion to cast off the now-meaningless facade of metaphysics.
Wilber’s Integral Spirituality – Part I: Postmetaphysical religion and primordial perspectives
Wilber’s Integral Spirituality – Part II: The Wilber-Combs Lattice
Wilber’s Integral Spirituality – Part III: The Wilber-Combs Lattice
Wilber’s Integral Spirituality – Part IV: A Critical Overview
Wilber’s Integral Spirituality – Part V: Wilber through the spiritual lens
Integral Practical: Integral Practical is a series on how to practically apply Integral Theories to global issues. Integral Practical analyzes and discusses on the effectiveness and feasibility of an Integral approach, its pros and cons and also the practical difficulties involved in such an approach. Our Integral Practical series kickstarted with the application of Integral theory to the politically-tense Middle East crisis.
A lot more is to come on Integral Politics, stay tuned to the site to explore more in the realm.