Compelled to Create: Barfield, Collective Consciousness, and Orpheus

Ambrose Research Conference presentation
Essay
Philosopher, poet, and author Owen Barfield may be referred to as the “first and last inkling” (OwenBarfield.org).
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.
 
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