A Philosophy of Worlding

Practicing philosophy in the contemporary world is a daunting task. Knowledge has grown significantly in the past century. It overwhelms us. Developments in markets, media, medicine, technology, theory, data, discourse, politics, power, war, wealth, genetics, robots, chemicals, poverty, pollution, ecology and economy have exploded. Specialized disciplines have concentrated and compartmentalized their knowledge making some discoveries especially in technology, so complicated only the experts understand them. The sheer diversity of knowledge can paralyze any analyst.

The rehabilitation of paralysis is the task of philosophy. It is important to find orientation for a world ‘lost in the cosmos,’ where the danger of too much knowledge drowns the still-small voice of inspiration, of philosophy – the love of wisdom. Only in our world – saturated with knowledge – could we apprehend the immensities of space, process, and time to the point that we lose perspective.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

Worlding Earth

In an age of worldview proliferation, where every view is a view, where the infinite withdraw of meaning makes both the mundane and extraordinary matters of capital, when the coupling of dementia and paralysis suffocate the soul, when insomnia and depression are treated exclusively as psychological sickness, when human population and trash are so extensive they become commodities and when problems of the whole have been levied in the “pursuit of happiness,” – our age has become a call for miraculous healing that resounds from the bows of Earthly organisms.

A majority of the world is in desperate need for active wisdom strong enough to honor past worlds and flexible enough to grow new ones. A philosophy of worlding is emerging to answer this call. It is an extension and fulfillment of integral philosophy, a practice of interdisciplinary unification and heterodoxical complexification that solves problems. Integral philosophy has always been a practice of world building. It emerged from conscious thinkers seeking to grasp reality, to make sense of life amidst thresholds and entanglement, for the benefit of all beings. Now systems and ecology merge with consciousness and wisdom to resist a culture of knowledge that has lost philosophy.

A philosophy of worlding suggests that some worlds are better than others – that we are on a ‘world’, both constituted by and constituting a ‘worlding’. Worlding is always, already an ecology. The ‘science of home’ – ecology – has become a leading framework guiding the development of integral philosophy. Home is more than self, more than a project of hominization. Home has expanded to include the whole Earth, all its living systems and the communities of organisms that constitute our experience. Home has even expanded beyond our Earthly sphere to include our solar system, our Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond. The study of living organisms and their relations to their environments is the context through which this philosophy of worlding unfolds.

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