Volume 16 · Number 2 · Pages 185–187
Societal Change from within a Radically Transformed Mind?

Toma Strle

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “Anchoring in Lived Experience as an Act of Resistance” by Claire Petitmengin. Abstract: I sympathize with Claire Petitmengin’s idea that coming back into contact with the lived experience is important if we are to change the way we live our lives. However, on the path towards resolving the pressing problems of contemporary society through transforming the human mind, two worries emerge. First, it is not easy to imagine an ordinary person having a motive or desire to follow the path the author of the target article proposes. Second, it is possible that at the horizon of a radically transformed mind - where the distinctions between the subjective and the objective, between what is inside and outside, dissolve - the concern with concepts and discourse about the political, social or ecological fades away. Nevertheless, retrieving contact with the lived experience perhaps opens up space for the emergence of a more empathic society and is, as such, a goal worth pursuing.

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Strle T. (2021) Societal change from within a radically transformed mind? Constructivist Foundations 16(2): 185–187. https://constructivist.info/16/2/185

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