The Paradox of Psychedelic Humanities

Monday, April 27, CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nicolas Langlitz
Chair, Department of Anthropology, The New School of Social Sciences, New York

For the most part, the revival of hallucinogen research has been confined to the medical sciences. In recent years, however, psychedelics have also become the focus of a growing body of humanities scholarship. But aren’t psychedelic humanities an oxymoron? If the job of the humanities is to open up alternative and maybe even mutually exclusive ways of looking at the world, their commitment to a polemic staging of possibilities would be at odds with a conception of the psychedelic experience as inherently unitive. Like all paradoxes, this one calls for resolution.