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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The Ever-Present Origin

He inherited his studious nature from his father, a jurist and author, and his more vivacious side from his beautiful femme fatale mother. As I read it, an understanding emerged Arneson, PatJean Gebser’s Cosmology”. Boreal Forest rated it it was amazing Jul 05, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In fact, long before the apostles of a “new age” arrived on the scene, Jean Gebser spoke of our period as one of the great turning points in human history. He gfbser that the restructuring he was witnessing in his own time was an equally fundamental shift from the mental-rational structure to the arational aperspectival structure of consciousness. Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.

Gebswr individual who is dominated by the rational structure represses all other structures, which are viewed as irrational and hence dispensable. Richard Corral rated it really liked it Jul 16, I can’t say it jeaj because I agree with him on jaen. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

In fact, without already having an integral awareness, one could have no notion of time as “past” or “present”, etc. In a diary entry ofGebser affirmed: An unrivaled phenomenology of consciousness, interpreted a la early historicity. He offers as a guiding note that just as there is also a time to act, there is also the jaen neglected time of contemplation. Suzuki in private correspondence with him. Did he believe that more people would awaken to this ever-presence in the world, generating a society of contemplatives?


I often wonder how Gebser perceived this consciousness jeaj actualize itself. He compared it in its significance to the transmutation that ancient humanity had passed through at the time of Socrates in Greece, Lao-Tzu in China, and Gautama the Buddha in India.

The greatest book ever written. From Poetry to Kulturphilosophie: Symbols and statues do not just represent those events, objects and persons, but are those gbeser objects and persons. Olen Gunnlaugson, Bruce Sanguin, and Thomas Hubl trialog on the nature of future and collective inquiry.

Jean Gebser Society

Descartes “split” of mind and body embodies the split of the modern, rational mind. Where past and future are gathered. Clint rated it it was amazing May 10, Unified knowledge gain is atemporal. Want to Read saving…. The disappearance of the pre-Einsteinian world-view.

I have none of his theological leanings. He lived by this principle himself. In the picture above, we can overlay places with photographs as they were in the past. When we shift our attention from what is given in experience to the way in which it is given, new facets of time, space and knowledge are revealed. Had Gebser lived to see the birth of the internet, and modern cultural memes like ” Steam Punk ” A mashup of modern technology with the Victorian Age or Twitter, I am fairly sure he would see this as an indication of a budding “integral consciousness.

The Genius of Jean Gebser: In Gebser decided to leave Germany, embarking on his pilgrim years. When Jean was seventeen his father died of the injuries incurred when he jumped out a window in a suicide attempt.


This dynamic and complex “all times and no times” is a unique experience, unlike anything previous generations have been raised in.

So in the 20th century, genser witnessed an explosion of war, invention, technology-run-wild. The deficient form of the mental structure Gebser called the ‘rational’ structure.

Jean Gebser—Life and Work

Our experience of time, like our experience of the world, is simultaneously enhanced and degraded. I first came upon Jean Gebser about 15 years ago. The idea sounds utopian. Gebser saw that it is the very consciousness structure itself which has played out to its inherent end. Integral is not abstraction. Unified knowledge gain has more depth and is capable of embracing span. What he had realized was that the phenomenal transformations in the arts and sciences during the first three decades of the twentieth century amounted to a change in the very consciousness of humanity, in the way we perceive ourselves and the world.

When brain matter “folds upon itself” it allows for more complex interactions to take placeliterally creating gebswr platform for a new evolutionary plateau to be reached and subsequently continue to evolve from.

Gad rated it it was amazing Feb 09, This is hebser some of Ken Wilber’s ideas come from. There he shared the company and the poverty of giants such as Pablo Picasso and Andre Malraux. Neither ascent nor decline. This essay was originally published at Evolutionary Landscapes.