Peter Sjöstedt-HughesUniversity of Exeter | UoE · Department of Sociology and Philosophy
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Philosopher of mind working as a research fellow at the University of Exeter where I will be organizing the first Philosophy of Psychedelics conference in April 2020. My doctoral thesis was on ‘pansentient monism’, I have given a TEDx Talk on Psychedelics and Consciousness (2018), I am author of the book Noumenautics: Metaphysics – Meta-ethics – Psychedelics (2015), I peer review, copy-edit, and typeset. My work inspired the recreation of the Marvel superhero, Karnak. I have a penchant for A. N. Whitehead, Nietzsche, Spinoza, and Psilocybin.
The Concrescence of Dissent: Whitehead as Religious, Scientific, Philosophic Heretic In The Antichrist Nietzsche preached that, ‘Only the day after tomorrow belongs to me. Some are born posthumously.’ This predicament applies no less to Alfred North Whitehead, the twentieth century's most outstanding yet obscured philosopher. Whitehead was a maste...
The title of this volume, Philosophy and Psychedelics, conjugates two words that each refer to a multiplicity of different discourses and practices. Just as philosophy denominates a vast range of perspectives and methods, so is there no single type of psychedelic experience, substance, or practice. There are varieties of each, and it is the myriad...
Indigenous psychedelic uses have long been imbricated with colonialism and its afterlives. Amidst tensions from accelerating investor interest in psychedelics and calls to decolonize research and practices, we argue that the study of psychedelics is troubled by dualisms used in both colonial and decolonial thought: subject and object, self and othe...
See more info @ https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/philosophy-and-psychedelics-9781350231610/ In this rapidly growing area of study, this is the first volume to explore the philosophy of psychedelic experience, from a range of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. In doing so, Philosophy and Psychedelics reveals just why the place of psych...
An exploration of the relationship between Humphry Davy's nitrous oxide experimentation, idealism, and Spinozism. Psychedelic Press journal, issue 26, pp. 7–32 (2019)
The thesis that follows proffers a solution to the mind-matter problem, the problem as to how mind and matter relate. The proposed solution herein is a variant of panpsychism – the theory that all (pan) has minds (psyche) – that we name pansentient monism. By defining the suffix 'psyche' of panpsychism, i.e. by analysing what 'mind' is (Chapter 1),...
In this TEDx Talk, philosopher of mind Dr Peter Sjöstedt-H discusses the hidden impact psychedelics have had on philosophy and asks if such extreme, altered modes of mind could help give us answers to some of the big questions facing the philosophers and scientists of today. This TEDxTruro talk took place on 26 October 2018. YouTube version: http...
An introduction and fortification of panpsychism. --- Introduction 1. The Genetic Argument 2. The Abstraction Argument 3. The Inferential Argument Why Panpsychism is Spurned End Remarks --- Published online on High Existence (15 January 2018). [This text will also appear as a chapter in my second book.]
'The Philosophy of Organism: Whitehead’s Organic Awareness of Reality – Peter Sjöstedt-H introduces Whitehead’s organic awareness of reality' Philosophy Now magazine, issue 114, pp. 22–23 (2016: Anja Publications Ltd)
An exploration into the reciprocity between Nietzsche's drug use and his philosophy. First published in the Psychedelic Press Journal, vol. XII, then as chapter VI in Noumenautics, and thereafter as an online article on HighExistence.com. Respectively: https://psychedelicpress.co.uk/products/psychedelic-press-uk-journal-2015-volume-iv?mc_cid=bb13...
The Philosophy of Psychedelics Exeter Research Group aims to advance philosophical scholarship and debate on psychedelic experiences, substances, and their wider societal setting. The recent resurgence of studies into psychedelic states of experience in the cognitive sciences has gained the moniker The Psychedelic Renaissance. The focus of these scientific studies has been upon the immediate medicinal value that psychedelics may bestow. Our research advances the philosophical study of psychedelics – research into areas including practical medical and environmental ethics, moral and political philosophy, postcolonial and feminist studies, aesthetics, metaphysics, as well as theories concerning nature, consciousness, mind, and self. We aim, moreover, to build bridges and weave webs to other scholars worldwide who have an interest in the history and philosophy of exceptional experience and practice, including cultural anthropology, cognitive science, law, medicine, theology, and psychology. To this effect, we are hosting the online conference Philosophy of Psychedelics: Exploring Frameworks for Exceptional Experience on 15-17 April 2021 - for details see our conference website: www.philosophyofpsychedelics.com. We are editing an introductory volume on Philosophy and Psychedelics, that will be published with Bloomsbury, a book which we will draw upon to teach this subject to philosophy students at the University of Exeter next academic year. We will hold workshops on the philosophy of psychedelics that will welcome researchers, writers, and figures globally. For regular updates on the progress of our research see http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/philosophyandpsychedelics/