1:45pm - 4:00pm
Bernhard von Langenbeck room (1st floor) + ONLINE via Zoom
Psychedelic Experiences – Philosophical Questions
Although there is no agreement on a definition of what it is, philosophy could be described as an attitude towards oneself and the world, where you try to make sense of things in a systematized and unbiased way.
In fact, philosophers like Socrates oftentimes lifted the veil of seemingly self-evident knowledge through posing questions that made people wonder and eventually see things from a different perspective.
Interestingly, one can argue that something similar happens during a psychedelic experience. The filters through which reality is usually perceived are removed. New sensory and cognitive information can access consciousness.
The individual is confronted with big philosophical questions that are usually overlooked: What is a good life? What do I know? Why am I here? In this workshop, presented by the Philosophy Section of the MIND Members Association, we invite you to think about which kinds of philosophical questions arise out of the psychedelic experience.
At the beginning of the workshop, we want to play a short game in which we want to identify the similarities and differences between certain philosophical texts and psychedelic accounts. After that, we want to present to you what we understand under the term “psychedelic philosophy” (or “philosophy of psychedelics”) and what kinds of questions enable psychedelic experience and philosophy to speak to each other. In the second half of the workshop, you will have the chance to construct philosophical arguments yourself with the help of excerpts from philosophy and descriptions of psychedelic experiences. We hope that thus, we can discuss the merit of using first-hand accounts of psychedelic experiences for philosophical insights and vice-versa.
This is the ZOOM LINK that will guide you to the zoom room of the workshop.
If you have any questions before the workshop, please contact the facilitators.