Epigenetics and the Oneness Project

Epigenetics and Oneness: What is epigenetics and what is Oneness?

Epigenetics and Ethics: Rights and consequences

The Immanent Self: Epigenetics, Modern Liberalism, and Spinoza

I have recently started a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. My primary assignment is in the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, on a project called Eastern and Western Conceptions of Oneness, Virtue, and Human Happiness,

From the project home page:

A number of East Asian thinkers, as well as some in the West, argue that in various ways the self is inextricably intertwined with or part of the rest of the world. While such views often are described in terms of a “loss” of self or autonomy, they are more accurately and helpfully understood as arguments for or ways to achieve a more expansive conception of the self, a self that is seen as intimately connected with other people, creatures, and things. In contemporary analytic philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, this general issue is more commonly discussed in terms of the ” boundaries of the self”.

The implications for such a view are quite remarkable and directly and profoundly concern accounts of the self that are found in ethics, religion, psychology and political theory. The more expansive view of the self that is part of the oneness hypothesis challenges widespread and uncritically accepted views about the strong, some would say, hyper-individualism that characterizes many contemporary Western views, but it also has direct and profound implications for how we conceive of and might seek to develop care for the people, creatures, and things of the world. The aim of this project is to describe the oneness hypothesis, evaluate its plausibility, and explore some of its major implications for ethics, religion, psychology and political theory.

As part of this project, I have helped to start the Oneness Hypothesis blog as a forum to discuss the application of Oneness in many different domains, from philosophy to psychology to political theory to public policy and the natural sciences.

The concept of Oneness provides a unique application for the guiding model of my project in epigenetics about the connections between biology, politics and ethics. Not only does the concept of Oneness have interesting implications for Western philosophy, I believe that Oneness also has intriguing implications for both the scientific practice and the philosophy of genetics. I will be posting my ongoing work on epigenetics and the concept of Oneness on the Oneness Hypothesis blog, which I will also link to from this page:

Epigenetics and Oneness: What is epigenetics and what is Oneness?

Epigenetics and Ethics: Rights and consequences

The Immanent Self: Epigenetics, Modern Liberalism, and Spinoza

The Oneness Project is also interested in related material from other sources, so contact me if you have or know of work that is relevant to the Oneness project.

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