Evolution of Consciousness as Articulated by Owen Barfield

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* Article: OWEN BARFIELD & THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS. By Max Leyf Treinen. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020

URL = https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/837/1472


From the abstract:

"This article intends to set forth the theory that there exists a history of thought itself, and to show that this theory can shed new light on our experience and conception of the world today. The topic of the present article, therefore, will be the evolution of consciousness, especially as articulated by Owen Barfield."



"Having established that the world consists in collective representations, Barfield goes on to demonstrate the manner in which the mode of collective representation has undergone a metamorphosis through history.

He establishes three general epochs in the evolution of consciousness:

(i) the “Original Participation” of Ancient and Primordial peoples

(ii) the “Onlooker Consciousness” of Modern post-scientific cultures, and

(iii) the “Final Participation” of the age to come."