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Postliberal Diction & Inquiry

This glossary was meant to aid in the study of Postliberal authors and materials, and it is important to emphasize that everything contained in this blog is relevant to the inquiry into Postliberalism in some way. The blog is continuously updated as new terms are created, and our understanding increases.

However it has become apparent that a lot of people use this glossary as a way to seek out relevant content for study. Therefore I would like to lay out a structure of your study:

  • Preliminary: The three categories within the glossary are meant to be studied chronologically, which means that you should start out with reading about Absolutism, then when you have a good grasp of that you start diving into Generative Anthropology, which provides technical workings of how it functions, and models Relative Consciousness. Promethean Idealism is best studied lastly, as it brings the Promethean aspect to the project, and concerns itself with Transcendental Consciousness.
  • Absolutism: Starting out your Postliberal studies, it is really important to get a grasp on what is meant by Anarchistic/Liberal Ontology, and Absolutist Ontology. In your mind, hold them up against each other and really try to understand the differences. This can simultaneously be one of the easiest things and hardest things to do, as it will completely re-orient your worldview.
  • Generative Anthropology: Pedagogical materials are sorely lacking, so there is going to be a lot of heavy lifting in this area. Start out by reading Anthropomorphics and then The Origin of Language (note that the introduction is important too). After that, it is up to you to dive into the blog posts of the various authors, with Power and Paradox being one of the key essays, as well as other books they have written.
  • Promethean Idealism: Franklin Merrell-Wolff makes up the core of this category, with Jean Gebser secondarily providing a theory of history. Consciousness Without an Object is Wolff’s central work, however if you are completely alien to these ideas, Pathways Through to Space is must read before engaging with his central work. For Jean Gebser, The Ever-Present Origin is his main work that we are engaging with. The other authors of this category contributes certain insights and terms, but should not be the focus of your study.
  • Miscellaneous Considerations: When studying, you should not dedicate the same amount of time to all the categories. Absolutism is a relatively small category, which can actually be studied and understood quite quickly, whereas Generative Anthropology is hilariously huge, and quite a large amount of time and dedication has to go into studying it (it honestly could be its own college degree). However you do not need to know all the intricacies of it, which means that you can move on to Promethean Idealism when you feel you have a pretty good grasp of the basics. You will however need to return to the field of Generative Anthropology semi-regularly as it is where most innovations are currently taking place.
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