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MUSINGS VOLUME 5: 2000-2008 By Thomas Daffern
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This is the 5th volume of autobiographical reflections on a life lived for the advancement of peace through philosophical discourse, as well as through poetic and visionary spiritual work for... More > interfaith harmony. This volume covers the momentous events of the start of third millennium and gives a critical perspective on world events through the eyes of a transpersonal thinker and historian.< Less
MUSINGS VOLUME 4: AN AUTOBIOSOPHY OF HALF OF LIFE DEDICATED TO POETRY, PHILOSOPHY, EDUCATION, PEACE AND SPIRIT By Thomas Daffern
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This is the 4th volume of autobiographical reflections on a life lived for the advancement of peace through philosophical discourse, as well as through poetic and visionary spiritual work for... More > interfaith harmony. This volume covers the momentous events leading up the start of third millennium and gives a critical perspective on world events through the eyes of a transpersonal thinker and historian.< Less
MUSINGS: VOLUME 1 By Thomas Daffern
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AN AUTOBIOSOPHY OF HALF OF LIFE DEDICATED TO POETRY, PHILOSOPHY, EDUCATION, PEACE AND SPIRIT
SOPHIAPHOBIA By Thomas Daffern
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The author is proposing a revolutionary argument - that there might be some force or psycho-social blockage obstructing our evolution as so called Homo Sapiens, which gets in the way of our achieving... More > our highest wisdom. Calling this force Sophiaphobia, the fear of wisdom, which is the opposite of Philosophy, the author examines what it is and where it comes from, speculating that it is operative in many levels and walks of society, not least inside the very institutions which are supposed to be promoting our education and intellectual welfare. The author also explores two related problems associated with Sophiaphobia, namely the questions of Recognition and of Philiaphobia, the fear of loving. This book should be required reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate University students and teachers, and for anyone interested in the intellectual and spiritual future of mankind.< Less
THE MUSES LOVE JOURNAL By Thomas Daffern
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This 9th issue of the Muses Love Journal carries a wealth of information on all aspect of contemporary global intellectual affairs, and the search for peace. Dedicated to the Nine Muses, and... More > structured into 9 Sections, each named after one of the classical Muses. It celebrates and affirms the power of human creativity, in all its diverse fields of expression, to gradually tackle and solve the mass of problems affecting the globe. A renaissance project, the Muses Love Journal is also the only academic journal in the world dedicated to exploring the nature of love in all its aspects (philia, agape, eros) and seeks to provide inspiration and guidance for its readers on how to manifest their own most creative and positive possible realities.< Less
THE MUSES LOVE JOURNAL - ISSUE EIGHT By Thomas Daffern
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The Muses Love Journal celebrates the work of all visionary thinkers, activists, psychologists, educators, theorists and philosophers who stress the role of the positive aspects of human nature in... More > life, and who believe in the power of the transpersonal dimensions of human nature, to bear witness to the power of peace, sometimes even in the face of huge odds. Since its launch in 1993, the world has witnessed many changes, positive and negative, and still, it remains the only academic journal in the world that consciously reinvokes the Muses, Guardians of the original academic craft, and which celebrates and affirms and researches and explores the powers of love, in all their complexity, as the only force which can bring peace and justice on earth, in our lifetimes. Its 8th issue carries news and information and research concerning all aspects of positive news, and was published in 2006.< Less
THE HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL IDEAS AND INSTITUTIONS AND THE SEARCH FOR PEACE 1945-2001 By Thomas Daffern
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This crucial work documents the history of the peace education community in its attempts to generate the institutions of learning which can advance scholarship and understanding for peace, in a world... More > riven with violence and terror. Mainly narrating developments from 1945-2001, the appendices give a glimpse of early decades of peace education work, dating back to the 1820's, with the founding of the University of London, where much of the work was first researched.< Less
CLIO ENCOUNTERS THANATOS: ON THE HISTORY OF RESEARCH INTO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION IN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, WAR PSYCHOLOGY AND CONFLICT RESEARCH 1945-2001 By Thomas Daffern
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This study is an attempt at an intellectual history of research into the most difficult and dark places of the human psyche, exploring how people can become mass killers, capable of acts of genocide,... More > or torture. It surveys work in the various schools of psychology and psychoanalysis which have tried to make sense of the pathological dimensions of human nature, and gives a succinct account of the ideas and works of some of the leading theorists of the nature of the human psyche of the 20th century, including Lifton, Freud, Klein, Horney, De Mause, Isaacs, Frankl, Reich, Miller, Arendt, Thompson, Kristeva, Lacan, Keppe, Bion, Bowlby, Erikson, Loye. The work's aim is not to choose which theory is the most useful or helpful, but rather to give an overall summary of each attempt to make sense of human nature, and to do so from a position of epistemological and transpersonal neutrality.< Less
THE PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATION OF HISTORY By Thomas Daffern
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In this work the author examines each of the major philosophical schools East and West and compares and contrasts their views of ultimate historical reality. He searches for the notion of a... More > Underlying Common Wisdom (UCW) and finds this in the idea of a transpersonal historiography, which he proposes as a methodology of historical work which can reconcile and harmonise the best of Eastern and Western philosophies of history.< Less
TOWARDS A HISTORY OF THE INTERRELATIONS OF MARXISM AND ESOTERICISM By Thomas Daffern
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The book takes a detailed look at the rise of freemasonry in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and examines the strange ambivalence of Marx and Engels' attitude to freemasonry and related secret... More > societies such as the carbonari. The work argues that the secret organisation of communist cells in fact owed a great deal to the earlier conspiratorial milieu of freemasonry and also finds considerable overlaps in their ideological orientations. The work attempts to chart a course which is neither anti-masonry nor pro-masonry, nor anti-Marxism nor pro-Marxism, and instead it is an early essay in transpersonal history, which seeks to uncover the deeper patterns behind history from both a spiritual and scientific perspective alike. The author is Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy.< Less