Mythos, Logos and Democracy: What just happened in America and what does it mean for the world?

Jan 22nd, 2021

What just happened in America?

Perspectiva’s community considers ‘the epistemological black hole’ and ‘sources of illegitimacy’ that led to the events of January 6th, and ‘democracy as an immune system’ in the context of the events of January 6th and since in US Politics. We wonder aloud together ‘what just happened?’ ‘What does this mean for democracy and its future?’ and ‘why does the world care so much about what happens in the US?’.



Jonathan Rowson is a writer, philosopher and chess Grandmaster. He is co-founder and director of Perspectiva, a research institute that examines the relationships between complex global challenges and the inner lives of human beings. Find out more here.

Zak Stein is a philosopher of education working at the interface of psychology, metaphysics, and politics. He has published two books, including Education in Time Between Worlds, along with dozens of articles. He has worked co-founding a non-profit and think tank, teaching graduate students at Harvard, and consulting with technology start-ups. Zak is a long time meditator, musician and caregiver, which has shaped him more than any professional engagements. Find out more here.

Bonnitta Roy teaches insight practices for individuals who are developing meta-cognitive skills, and hosts collective insight retreats for groups interested in breaking away from limiting patterns of thought. She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Find out more here.

Jeremy Johnson is an author, publisher, editor, and integral philosopher. He is currently working on his second book, Fragments of an Integral Future (2021). Find out more here

Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer and commentator. She is the founder of the multiple award-winning blog Ms Afropolitan and the author of Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone. Find out more here.

Anna Katharina Schaffner is a writer, a personal coach, and a Professor of Cultural History at the University of Kent, and Director of Emergence at Perspectiva. Find out more here

Mark Vernon is a writer, psychotherapist and associate of Perspectiva. He used to be an Anglican priest and lives in London, UK. Find out more here

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