PCC Faculty Profile: Sean KellyPosted on Apr 3 2014

Along with his regular teaching at CIIS, Prof. Sean Kelly co-taught a weekend intensive course with Prof. Robert McDermott at Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco on "Jung, Steiner, and the Soul of the World."

Sean spent the third summer in a row in Kyoto with his fiancée, Yuka, continuing his study of Japanese language and culture. While in Japan, he visited with Robert Jacobs of Hiroshima City University, a historian and sociologist working on the social and cultural dimensions of nuclear technology. In Kyoto he gave a talk on the theme of "Gaiapolis" at Doshisha University.

Upon his return to the Bay area, Sean presented some of his work-in-progress at the Third International Integral Theory Conference, speaking on "Sources of the Good: Toward a Complex-Integral Ethics for the Planetary Era." At the same conference he participated in two panels, one on the theme of "integral ecologies" (more on this below) with PCC alumni Sam Mickey and Adam Robbert (this won the "best panel award"!), and the other on "Solving Wicked Problems: What's Integral Theory got to do with it?"

The conference was particularly special for Sean as his old mentor and friend, Edgar Morin, was present to give one of the keynote presentations and Sean had the honor of introducing him.

In collaboration with PCC alumni Sam Mickey and Adam Robbert, Sean has just completed work on the editing of a new volume to appear with SUNY Press: Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era. Apart from the co-authored Introduction, his two chapters in this volume are "Integral Ecology and the Paradigm of Complexity" and "Five Principles of Integral Ecology."

Sean also continues to pursue his long-standing interest in the Chinese internal arts, now focusing on the powerful practice of yiquan or dachengchuan under the instruction of Master Lam Kam-chuen. 

For more coverage of Sean's talk at the Integral Theory Conference, see official ITC 2013 blogger Jeremy Johnson's review at



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