Compelled to Create: Barfield, Collective Consciousness, and Orpheus

Ambrose Research Conference presentation
Philosopher, poet, and author Owen Barfield may be referred to as the “first and last inkling” (
In his work, featuring the intermingling of literary excellence and philosophical thought, Barfield prompts his readers to explore how consciousness changes and progresses. He provokes a questioning of how humanity interacts, and has, in the past, interacted with nature. Through his drama, Orpheus, Barfield suggests readers abandon what fragmented, post-Descartian, notions they have about natural philosophy and open their minds to a picture of humanity that is united with the collective consciousness of the world: the consciousness from which meaning and language itself originated.
9 pages