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Dimensions of Apeiron: A Topological Phenomenology of Space, Time, and Individuation (Value Inquiry Book Series 154) (Philosophy and Psychology) Paperback – April, 2004

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  • Series: Philosophy and Psychology (Book 154)
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Rodopi (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9042011998
  • ISBN-13: 978-9042011991
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this challenging, integrative work, Rosen explores the roots of the crisis of postmodernity: the widespread "fragmentation of human culture" -- The Journal of Mind and Behavior, Vol. 25 No. 4 Autumn 2004

an intellectually courageous attempt … this book is highly original and thought-provoking… highly recommended -- Systems Research and Behavioral Science 22 (2005)

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"This groundbreaking book brings to fruition Rosen's reflexive theory of time and space. With recent physics breaking linear time symmetry, this unique integration of physics and philosophy is indeed timely." —Eugene T. Gendlin, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Chicago

"Rosen's ideas are precisely stated, and he draws upon an impressive range of sources, both ancient and modern. The author shows the inadequacy of conventional thinking about space and time and argues persuasively for an intriguing new alternative. This important book may have radical implications for the conduct of science in the 21st century." —Brian Josephson, Cambridge University Professor of Physics, Nobel Laureate

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Dotson on September 11, 2004
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Apprehending any thought infinitely would lead to a proprioceptive self-surpassing, a turning of that thought upon itself and through itself to include its own origins and the infinite inter-relatedness that lies beyond. Apprehending any sensations infinitely would extend to the origins of those sensations and a turning-through to sensations of infinite immensities and scales of magnitude. Likewise, the infinite apprehending of feelings and intuitions-any functions of human consciousness-would lead to self-surpassing proprioceptions of origin and advance.

It is possible to describe such possibilities of embodied experience as topological by employing paradoxical structures like the Moebius strip and the Klein bottle. Philosopher-psychologist Steven M. Rosen, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, City University of New York, adeptly accomplishes such descriptions-and many more-in this book advancing more than thirty years of teaching and research. However, Rosen's achievements here are not only those of mathematical-philosophical abstraction. This book is an advanced guide to future consciousness, offering something of an emergency manual with tools for understanding the catastrophic global transformations the human race is now experiencing.

Rosen visits the origins of our consensus reality by integrating an ancient understanding all but lost to mental-rationalistic consciousness, namely, that of apeiron, which he defines thusly:

"To early Greek science and philosophy, nature in the wild is apeiron. This is the Greek word for what is 'limitless,'

'boundless' or 'indeterminate.'"

Applying this expression to the emerging integral consciousness (Jean Gebser) of our cataclysmic times and of times to come, Rosen observes that

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Maroski on September 28, 2006
In the preface, Rosen explains that apeiron "is the Greek word for what is `limitless,' `boundless,' or `indeterminate.' The apeiron is variously interpreted as `the unintelligible; the many; the moving; the ugly; the bad...the inchoate flux of opposites or contraries...the principle of disorder or disharmony." Why write an entire book about something that probably should be left in a dark closet of consciousness? Because embracing it gives humanity the opportunity to bring to fruition our centuries-long quest for individuation. It's relevant for nothing less than the growth and development of our species. This disorderly face of Nature has been hidden, negated, and "tamed" for a long time, perhaps for reasons similar to the way the unruliness of childhood is banished to make way for adulthood. True wisdom does not follow adulthood unless the some of that apeiron is given expression.

Rosen meticulously documents how many of the advances in scientific theory since the mid-1800s have been attempts to keep apeiron from bursting out and splattering itself all over science's neat, orderly theories. Although he does not use this image, the graphic depiction of the individuation process that came to my mind was a bifurcation plot from chaos theory (see [...]). The first few bifurcations (individuations of the many from the one) are neat, clean, and identifiable. After a certain point, however, they become too numerous, too chaotic, if you will, even to be distinguishable from one another. Individuation gone wild. Is this the apeironic crisis in which humanity now finds itself?

Rosen shows how the assumption of the continutity of space and time have been key to keeping apeiron under wraps.
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