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 co-founder and Director of Perspectiva. He was previously Director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA, and is an applied philosopher with degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities. In a former life he was a chess Grandmaster and British Champion. His book, The Moves that Matter – A Grandmaster on the Game of Life was published by Bloomsbury in 2019. You can find Jonathan on Twitter.

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. Find out more about Zak’s work here.

Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Insight Center, a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organisation focusing on secondary education and insight training for post-formal learners. She is the Professor in Residence for the MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology at the Graduate Institute, and an Associate Editor of Integral Review. You can find Bonnitta on Twitter.

Jeremy Johnson is a philosopher, editor, and Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness. You can find Jeremy on Twitter.

Minna Salami is an associate of Perspectiva, and a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer, feminist theorist and the author of the internationally-acclaimed book Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone. Minna has written for the Guardian, Al Jazeera, World Literature Today and is a columnist for Esperanto Magazine. She has presented talks at prominent institutions such as the UN, EU, The Oxford Union, The Cambridge Union, Yale University and The Singularity University at NASA, and is co-director of the feminist movement, Activate. You can find Minna’s website here & Twitter here.

Anna Katharina Schaffner is Director of Emergence for the Emerge platform, and Professor of Cultural History at the University of Kent. You can find out more about her work here.

Mark Vernon is a writer, psychotherapist and associate of Perspectiva. He is the author of several books, including his latest, out this year: A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the Last Inkling and the Evolution of Consciousness. You can find Mark on Twitter.

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