Conference Registration now open

Holism: possibilities and problems – registration open

Registration, registration packages, day rates and options are now open for the forthcoming conference: ‘Holism; possibilities and problems’. Please follow the links on the right (alternatively see ‘conferences’).

Further questions and queries can be addressed to Christian McMillan:


Early registration (before 16th July) is advisable.

Holism – possibilities and problems, time-table

Provisional panel distribution – Holism conference

Conference opening and closing times:

Friday 8 September 2017: ARRIVAL: 12.30 – 14.00: Registration

Sunday 10th September 2017: 13.00 – 14.00: Lunch: DEPARTURE

Holism Possibilities and problems (September 2017 - The University of Essex)


possibilities and problems

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An international interdisciplinary conference

Part of ‘“One world”: logical and ethical implications of holism’, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK
8 – 10 September 2017

Confirmed speakers include:

George Hogenson, Christian Kerslake, Harald Atmanspacher, Inna Semetsky, Joe Cambray, Joshua Ramey, Paul Bishop, Christina Sjöström, Megumi Yama

Organizing committee

Professor Roderick Main

Dr David Henderson

Dr Christian McMillan

(Details of registration to follow shortly)


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Recent conference contributions and talks from ‘One World’ project Principal Investigator, Professor Roderick Main

In June and September of this year, Professor Roderick Main (Principle Investigator of the ‘One World’: logical and ethical implications of holism project), delivered two conference papers whose themes were closely tied with the ‘One world’ project. The abstracts for these conferences paper are given below and will be archived in the “conferences” section.

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Stage 2:

The second stage of the project involves a historical reconstruction and philosophical extraction of the conceptions of wholeness underpinning Jung’s and Deleuze’s work.

Researcher Christian McMillan contributes the following notes and ideas (in ‘working papers’) as part of an on-going engagement with the second stage of the project:

Esse in Anima: The problem of Grounding between Jung and Deleuze

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Scientific Medical Network; Continental Meeting (Sept 2016)

Christian McMillan – Research Officer on the ‘One World’ project will be presenting a paper at the forth coming conference:

Scientific Medical Network; Continental Meeting 2016 – September 30th-1st October

 Convergent Evolution, Attractors and Love  (Casa San Bernardo, Rome
( Please see conference specification and programme attached below:


Draft Program – SMN Rome Conference (2016)


‘Beyond mechanism and finalism: Alternative conceptions of becoming in Bergson and Jung.’

Paper abstract:

‘Beyond mechanism and finalism: Alternative accounts of becoming in Bergson, Jung.’
In this paper I discuss Henri Bergson’s (1859-1941) contribution to convergent evolution in his account of vitalism (Creative Evolution; 1908). Bergson developed an alternative conception of external finalism beyond conceptions of internal (teleological) finalism (Immanuel Kant; 1724-1804) and external (teleological) finalism (notably advanced by Gottfried Leibniz; 1646-1716) which contributed to debates in the emerging milieu of holistic biological thought in the early twentieth century as a reaction to the prevalence of reductive mechanism and linear spatio-temporal causality. Bergson’s conception of the élan vital and his temporal notion of duration (durée) not only influenced philosophical thought but also the science of Ilya Prigogine (1917-2003) who’s far from equilibrium thermodynamics emphasised the fundamentally irreversible nature of time and creativity within the emergence of organic and non-organic structures. Bergson’s account of evolution and temporality had a profound effect on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) as well as the conception of libido (psychic energy) advanced by C.G. Jung (1875-1961), taking this notion in a very different direction from Sigmund Freud. Considering Bergson’s contribution to an alternative conception of causality which privileges the interconnectedness of all “Life”, Deleuze’s account of the “virtual” and Jung’s notion of “a-causality” in his work on synchronicity might serve to show how the immanent and creative unfolding of “Life” is not and should not be restricted to transcendent structures which undermine the unforeseeable in advance. As such a critique of Teilhard de Chardin’s (1881-1955) notion of the Omega Point will be offered as well as a re-coneptualisation of Jung’s notion of the Unus Mundus (one-world) from a Bergson-Deleuze perspective. From a philosophical perspective this critique deconstructs notions of unity which privilege a form of identity whose form is then given metaphysical depth as ‘final cause’ or ‘first principle’. As Bergson said: ‘Finalism thus understood is only an inverted mechanism […] It substitutes the attraction of the future for the compulsion of the past’ (Creative Evolution, 1998, 39).