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Integral Re-views Postmodernism:The Way Out Is Through

Author(s): Gary P. Hampson

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Issue: 4;
Start page: 108;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: autopoiesis | construct-awareness | Derrida | dialectics | Gebser | Green vMeme | integral theory | postformal | postmodernism | recursion | vision-logic | Wilber

In this article I re-evaluate the potential contribution of postmodernism to integral theory via integrally-derived perspectives. I identify a premature foreclosure: the underappreciation of postformal modes of thinking (cognitive development beyond Piaget’s formal operations). I then enact certain forms of postformal reasoning in relation to integral theory. This includes an engagement with such perspectives as complexity theory, conceptual ecology, vision-logic, dialectics, genealogy, critical theory, and construct-awareness. A major theme concerns the dialectical relationship between reconstruction and deconstruction—partly explored through a developmental assessment of contra-indicative discourse by both Wilber and Derrida. Although the territory is complex, the relationship between current Wilberian theory and postmodernism is clearly problematised. I posit that a deeper engagement with postmodernism can lead to an autopoietic deepening of integral theory.
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