Wednesday, March 14, 2007

AQAL Journal

I was notified of the fact that AQAL Journal, the long awaited "academic" publication on matters integral, has finally been released. At this moment, the available issues (all from 2006, nrs. 1-4), are available only to subscribers (nrs. 1-2) and members (nrs. 3-4) of the Integral Institute.

Volumes 1 and 2 have over 400 pages, volumes 3 and 4 are about half their size, and the expected size of future volumes is expected to be around 100-200 pages. It will be a quarterly, online publication. Apparently, the plan to come up with a, much more expensive, print version of the journal, to be distribued to libraries, has been abandoned. Curiously, the copyright date is set to 2005.

The first two volumes contain presentation papers of the various departments of Integral University, covering ecology, criminology, therapy, finance, business, faith, health, politics, science, feminism and community development. The subject matters of the other 2 volumes is more varied. Some of the authors (Wilpert, Koller, Benjamin) have appeared on Integral World.

There's an interesting note on "Critical presentations", right at the start of the publication on the page stating the aims and scope of the Journal. It concludes:

"The journal sees the process of hypothetical and critical engagement as essential to the health and success of Integral Theory."
However, we all know by now that the topic of criticism regarding integral matters has been rather, ehm... explosive, of late. Debate has raged primarily, not about the the value of integral philosophy in itself, but on who is qualified to criticize and who isn't. Killing debate from the start. Not to mention the hallowed tradition of ignoring whatever is published on Integral World, the premier site for independent and critical reflection on integral matters.

Considering the long time it took this publication to come into existence, we are glad to see it distributed now, even if only to "members". We'll have to see if this publication will really open itself up to critical voices from inside or outside the integral field.