A short introductionRichard Grego is a Professor of Philosophy and Cultural History at Florida State College and works in the area of comparative philosophy of science and religion—specifically involving metaphysics and philosophy of mind, the implications of developments in theoretical physics and cosmology for philosophy/religion, and cultural-intellectual history. He has recently researched/published on the transmission of neo-Vedanta conceptions of metaphysics and consciousness to the West and the influence of scientism and naturalism on Western intellectual history. His latest publications include studies of environmental thought in the history of American philosophy in 'History of Intellectual Culture Journal' (Vol. 10 .1, 2013), Gandhi’s ethics and Vedanta philosophy in 'Gandhi And The World' (Lexington Books, 2018), Sri Aurobinda’s metaphysics of consciousness in 'The Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo' (Bloomsbury, 2019), Abraham Maslow’s 'Psychology of Science' and modern scientism in the 'International Journal of Transpersonal Studies' (forthcoming) and the book 'Sensual Austerity and Moral Leadership: Cross Cultural Perspectives from Plato, Confucius, and Gandhi' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, co-authored with Aurobinda Mahapatra) on how conceptions of the mind-body relationship influenced classical political philosophies across cultures. He also contributes to the website InfiniteDiscoveries.org.
The march towards Eastern idealism
Today’s episode of the Essentia Readings podcast dives into the Western world’s history with consciousness and its still evolving relationship with this subject. It goes on to chart a seeming progression within this region towards Eastern idealist thought, while drawing what the author sees as key similarities and differences in these far-flung disciplines.
Situating Analytic Idealism within Nietzsche’s critique of realism: A world-historical view
Modern analytic idealism may offer a path to resolving the historical tension between realism (the notion that we can know something about the world out there, as it is in itself) and a Nietzschean relativism that confines all knowledge to merely personal subjectivity, writes Prof. Grego.
Is Western thought marching towards Eastern Idealism?
Prof. Grego argues that, if we extrapolate the evolutionary trajectory of Western scientific and philosophical thought since the European Enlightenment, it becomes possible to discern that it is progressing towards a consciousness-only ontology convergent with Eastern thought.
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