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The Big Rethink Part 3: Integral Theory


Just following on from the above two comments, Integral Theory does indeed seem an impressive and useful organisational system, but in attributing rationality to the West and Sprituality to the East, Buchanan is guilty of the same reductivism that he is railling against. In fact it should be common knowledge nowadays that 'zero' was invented in India and that European Rational Philosophical tradition owes a great deal to Eastern thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (Averroes) who was not only active quite a long time before Petrarch stood on a hill, but who managed to develop both hemispheres of his brain; the spiritual and rational aspects of his being, a very long time before Integral Theory. The Dominican priest, St Thomas Aquinas is but one example of a Western thinker who achieved exactly the same feat at around the same time. If there is one thing that the 'Big Rethink' should avoid it is the poltically motivated / influenced inaccurate hindsight that has caused so much suffering in modern society.

Posted date

14 March, 2012

Posted time

10:15 am