Owen Barfield and the Evolution of Consciousness

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Date(s) - 22nd August, 2019
18:30 - 19:30

Watkins Bookshop


What is the meaning of the disenchantment of our age? Is the ego a clue to a way forward, not a hindrance? What might the next steps in the evolution of human consciousness look like?

These questions, and more, were explored by Owen Barfield. He was a member of the famous Oxford group, the Inklings, and the one whom CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien said had the most innovative ideas. Barfield studied how the meaning of words changes over time and saw that they were fossils of consciousness. The evolving human perception of ourselves, others, nature, the cosmos and the gods can therefore be traced and, moreover, its meaning understood.

In this talk, drawing from his new book, Mark Vernon will outline Barfield’s ideas and what they tell us about ancient philosophy, mystical Christianity and our spiritual flourishing today.

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