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The Metaphysics of Psychedelics – Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes

The Metaphysics of Psychedelics – Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes

Philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes discuses his hope for the future of psychedelic integration, and how an understanding of philosophy and metaphysics can help.

It is human nature to seek a deeper understanding of our world and our connection to it. Often we look to philosophy or psychedelic experiences to find answers to life’s questions – what happens when the two intersect? Our guest, Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, has dedicated his life to that very interaction. From exploring the philosophical history and the substances great philosophers may have used to how these principles apply in today’s world, Peter brings light to a field that is often overlooked in today’s psychedelic renaissance.

“People did say I had a lot to lose about 10 years ago, they said ‘don't mention this it’s a career killer.’ But actually, it sort of made my career many ways.”

Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes is philosopher of mind and metaphysics who specializes in the thought of Spinoza, Nietzsche, and Whitehead, and in fields pertaining to altered and panpsychological states of consciousness. He is a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Exeter where he has co-founded the Philosophy of Psychedelics Exeter Research Group, the ambit of which includes taught modules, conferences, workshops, and publications. Peter is the author of NoumenauticsModes of Sentience, editor of Bloomsbury's Philosophy and Psychedelics volume, the TEDx Talker on ‘psychedelics and consciousness’, and he is inspiration to the inhuman philosopher Marvel Superhero, Karnak. 

Show notes:

  • Bringing Psychedelics into Philosophy

  • There is a struggle going on, on the planet, between two groups of people

  • Psychedelics and culture

  • Do you believe that life ends?

  • What Spinoza means by the intellectual love of God

  • The influence of psychedelics on philosophers today

  • The integration of philosophy and psychology

  • Something practical and something theoretical

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