The Philosophy of Psychedelics

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Some philosophical texts on the philosophy of psychedelics

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Participatory Psychedelia: Transpersonal Theory, Religious Studies, and Chemically-Altered (Alchemical) Consciousness (2018) – Matthew D. Segall

The Great God Pan is Not Dead: A. N. Whitehead and the Psychedelic Mode of Perception (2017) – Peter Sjöstedt-H

Naturalizing Psychedelic Spirituality (2017) – Chris Letheby

The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy (2016) – Peter Sjöstedt-H

Is There a Place for Psychedelics in Philosophy? (2016) – Nicolas Langlitz

Concerning the Nature of the DMT Entities and their Relation to Us (2016) – Peter J. Meyer (Terence McKenna’s programmer)

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology (2015) – Peter Sjöstedt-H

Guinea – A Guerrilla-Neurophilosophical Approach to High Science (2015) – Sebastian Marincolo

Gilles Deleuze and Psychedelics as Resistance (2015) – Oli Genn-Bash

Intuition and Psychedelic Thinking (2015) – Tim Hardwick

Mycelegium (2015) – James Harris

From ‘Rausch’ to Rebellion: Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish and the Aesthetic Dimensions of Prohibitionist Realism (2014) – Scott J. Thompson

Note Towards a Definition of a Psychedelic Philosophy (2014) – Patrick Lundborg

A Whiteheadian Perspective on Psychedelic Experience and Research: An Update (2013) – Leonard Gibson

Interpreting Altered States of Mind through Bergson (2013) – Peter Sjöstedt-H

Psychedelic Information Theory (2010) – James L. Kent

Pharmakon: Plato, Drug Culture, and Identity in Ancient Greece – Part One (2010) – Michael A. Rinella

Whitehead, LSD and Transpersonal Psychology (1998) – Leonard Gibson

Sartre’s Rite of Passage [mescaline] (1982) – Thomas J. Riedlinger

Radiance from Ernst Jünger (1980) – Albert Hofmann

Philosophical Aspects of Psychedelics (1971) – Humphrey Osmond

The Psychedelics and Religion (1970) – Walter Houston Clark

Approaches: Drugs and Ecstatic Intoxication (1970) (English!) – Ernst Jünger

The Plant as Autonomous Power (1970) – Ernst Jünger

Psychedelics and the Future (1970) – Humphrey Osmond and Bernard Aaronson

Theatrum Philosophicum (1970) – Michel Foucault

A Mescaline Experience (1964) – H. H. Price

Can This Drug [LSD] Enlarge Man’s Mind? (1963) – Gerald Heard

Heaven and Hell (1956) – Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception (1954) – Aldous Huxley

The Mescaline Phenomena (1953) – John R. Smythies

On Hashish (1927–1934) – Walter Benjamin

Lecture XVI of The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) – William James

Mescal: A New Artificial Paradise (1898) – Havelock Ellis

The Subjective Effects of Nitrous Oxide (1882) – William James

The Anaesthetic Revelation and the Gist of Philosophy (1874) – Benjamin Paul Blood

Confession of an English Opium Eater (1821) – Thomas de Quincey

Researches Chemical and Philosophical – chiefly concerning Nitrous Oxide (1800) – Humphry Davy


Video: The Psychedelic Influence on Philosophy (Peter Sjöstedt-H, 2016)

Book: Noumenautics (Peter Sjöstedt-H)