Analytic Idealism Course
This is a carefully produced but free, online, video-based course on Analytic Idealism, with over 6 hours of content, conducted by Essentia Foundation’s executive director, Bernardo Kastrup. Whereas the course has been designed to be accessible to a non-specialist audience, it makes very few concessions in terms of the substance and thoroughness of the material discussed. As such, the discussions aren’t breezy, requiring instead focused attention and engagement on the part of the audience.
The course is divided into seven different videos, each covering a particular topic. The videos are linked below, next to brief descriptions of their respective contents. We recommend that you follow the course rather slowly, giving yourself time, after each video, to digest and integrate the material, allow it to sink in and get used to looking upon the world through new intellectual lenses. Overcoming deeply ingrained, culturally inherited, unexamined physicalist assumptions is a slow process, although ultimately very rewarding.
Analytic Idealism is a theory of the nature of reality that maintains that the universe is experiential in essence. That does not mean that reality is in your or our individual minds alone, but instead in a spatially unbound, transpersonal field of subjectivity of which we are segments. Analytic Idealism is one particular formulation of Idealism, which is based on and motivated by post-enlightenment values such as conceptual parsimony, coherence, internal logical consistency, explanatory power and empirical adequacy. It’s a formulation that will appeal to intellectually hard-nosed, left-brained, science-oriented people, but isn’t the sole formulation of Idealism. Although committed to Idealism in general, Essentia Foundation considers Analytic Idealism in particular just one of perhaps a number of viable Idealist formulations.
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