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Noumenautics: metaphysics - meta-ethics - psychedelics

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Philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-Hs Noumenautics traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism the last of which may itself cause ...more
153 pages
Published 2015 by Psychedelic Press UK
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Tiago Faleiro
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Peter is a fantastic writer, and almost all his work is very much worth reading.

This book was a bit different than I expected. Psychedelics is a rather small component of the book and his arguments. While interesting, if that's the main topic you're interested in, it's not the right book. Nevertheless, it's very enjoyable collection of philosophical essays, focusing mostly on Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzche, and Whitehead.

I specifically enjoyed the chapter of neo-nilihism, and it provides a very
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Aryeh
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My journey out of fundamentalist religion was deeply informed by an obsession with what Terrence Mckenna called 'The Implications' (my favorite example of his use of this term is in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaIAx...). It is not often I find someone who writes eloquently and thoughtfully about what the psychedelic experience means, though it takes up a significant part of my brain capacity. So there is definitely a bias here- I really am just happy this book exists. A collection ...more
Sophia
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful collection of essays. Although published on different occasions and in different contexts, the sequence of essays is a truly enjoyable read, whilst being informative. The author manages to write in a very eloquent, yet entertaining and informative manner, which makes it a captivating read. I especially liked the chapters on Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche as I thought they put information, that I had floating around in my mind, into one string of related events and cleaned up my messy ...more
Johanna Hilla
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Peter Sjösted can be regarded as the most serious current philosopher on psychoactive substances. Most essays in Nomenautics are relatively short, and the concise language is a precious gift for a busy reader. What a joy it is to have so much content in only 130 pages. His sentences are short and concise, but the message lingers around using heavy weights. Favorites of mine were the essay of Nietzche's use of psychoactive substances, as well as the brief history of drugs in Western philosophy. ...more
Edwin Oldfield
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant collection of essays concerning the topic.

Indeed, the book is not solely focusing on psychedelics, rather the deeper knowledge that psychedelics can yield when it is combined with these kind of texts. I found especially the last few chapters starting with the metaphysics of Kant and Schopenhauer, and culminating in Nietzsches Will to Power.

Personally, I find both psychedelics and philosophy highly motivating and liberating, a recommendation I would give to all who are up to the
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Eliza
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could read this book over and over again and still get so much out of it, it is so thought provoking! I prefer the prose-type writing with paragraphs as opposed to the dot points hence the 4 and not 5 stars. It was a little bit harder understanding some of the dot points due to their shortness.
Mark
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is interesting but there are very few pages that actually pertain to the philosophy of psychedelics. Most of it contains retreads on Whitehead, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. Some of the arguments are a bit silly (such as his retort against Rawls' veil of ignorance.)
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Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind. Peter has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Continental Philosophy from the University of Warwick, where he was awarded a first-class distinction for his dissertation on Kant and Schelling in ...more

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