Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy
- Jules Evans
'Truth is one', say the Upanishads, 'though the wise call it by many names'.The Perennial Philosophy is the idea that all religions offer paths up the same divine mountain, which arrive at the same core mystical experience. This talk will explore the history of this idea, and how it was made famous by Aldous Huxley. It will show how Huxley's work helped to inspire the counter-culture and the field of transpersonal psychology, and how it continues to inspire the psychedelic renaissance and the booming 'spiritual but not religious' demographic. We will also consider possible criticisms of the Perennial Philosophy. Jules Evans is a writer and broadcaster, and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012) and The Art of Losing Control (2017). His most recent book is Holiday from the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure.