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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We no longer have a qualitative experience of realitywe live in a world of abstract mechanics and ratio.

As long as we continue to perceive reality as a steady growth of progressthe faster reality will overwhelm us with our own projections. It is a direct experience of “Presence.

Jean Gebser

Philip Saenger rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Of note here were the incorporation of time in physics, the attempts to “paint” time in the visual arts and the like. I’m going to look again. Gebser noticed that the integral structure of gebswr was largely witnessed as the irruption of time into the “fixed-reality” of the mental jeean.

Gebser cautioned against using terms like evolutionprogressionor development to describe the changes in structures of consciousness that he described. The integral structure of consciousness is no longer a conception: And for Gebser, that world was one of increasing domestic conflict.

Jean Gebser—Life and Work

Rather, he frequently spoke of the initiatory birth pains that contemporary humanity would have to pass through before the new consciousness could become a reality. Olen Gunnlaugson, Bruce Sanguin, and Thomas Hubl trialog on the nature of future and collective inquiry.


So it is safe to say the transition is only beginning to pick up, and the younger generations, raised in these new environments, will demonstrate gebset visions and encounter reality in ways we can’t predict. The idea sounds utopian.

Jean Gebser — Aaron Cheak

In the somber halls of academe, an individual appears who is a philosopher in the original sense of the word — a bright lover of wisdom, a herald of higher human possibilities. Twelve hours before his apartment in Madrid was bombed in the fall ofGebser again abandoned everything. Return to Book Page. Studies in the Evolution of Consciousnessand in collaboration with the mathematician Ralph AbrahamThompson further related Gebser’s structures to periods in the development of mathematics arithmeticgeometricalgebraicdynamicalchaotic and in the history of music.

We do not need be naively optimistic, but certainly hopeful, as Gebser’s vision for the world allows us to interpret the current crisis as the greatest opportunity for the human species.

The Ever-Present Origin by Jean Gebser

Any attempt gebsed remedy the situation by a return to “values” would ultimately fail. Design by Cyren Design. Gebser symbolizes it with the “triangle”, which illustrates a “trinity” of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis: But now I am looking at a possible re-read. Rather than allowing only one rational structure to be valid, all structures are recognized, presented, one through the other.

Please try your request again later. He went into exile in Paris, where many other intellectuals were seeking refuge. To realize the various structures within one’s language and habits, and even within one’s own life and self is a difficult task.


If our iean to time running away from us–and overwhelming us–can change, then our civilization can make the transition into a healthier and more balanced state. The mental is analytical, dualistic, and skeptical of the other structures of consciousness. Without the awareness of the whole, one gebset be stuck in a kind of “not-knowing” of an always only “now” not connected to any sense of past or future.

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Instead of perceiving the world in little “bits” of information, we can observe it as a series of interrelated activities. There is simply a development of that which you become aware of through putting the energy required into reading it. Apr 14, Wayne gebsed it really liked it Recommended to Wayne by: In a diary entry ofGebser affirmed: Gebser’s integral philosophy is evaluated and applied to New Age thinking about a nascent shift in consciousness in the bookThe Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck.

He wrote, “The view that East and West are opposites is wrong. Manifestations of the Aperspectival World Aug 31, These jumps or transformations involve structural changes in both mind and body.