Dimensions of Apeiron

A Topological Phenomenology of Space, Time, and Individuation


This book explores the evolution of space and time from the apeiron —the spaceless, timeless chaos of primordial nature. Rosen examines Western culture’s effort to deny apeiron, and the critical need now to lift the repression on apeiron for the sake of human individuation.


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Biographical Note

STEVEN M. ROSEN is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. During his thirty years of teaching and research (1970–2000), he offered courses in both the Psychology and Philosophy Departments. Dr. Rosen currently resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he is actively pursuing interdisciplinary interests that include phenomenological ontology, the philosophy and poetics of science, Jungian thought, the gender question, ecological change, and cultural transformation. After receiving his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the City University of New York in 1971, Rosen began to explore the foundations and frontiers of science, his work becoming interdisciplinary and philosophical in nature. He has lectured internationally, and his numerous essays have appeared in a variety of journals and books spanning the fields of philosophy, psychology, education, semiotics, ecology, and theoretical science. Rosen is author of Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1994) and The Moebius Seed (Walpole, N.H.: Stillpoint Publications, 1985). Dr. Rosen is presently Research Associate and member of the Board of Directors of the Lifwynn Foundation for Social Research, an organization dedicated to carrying forward the work of the American social psychiatrist Trigant Burrow. Rosen is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mind and Behavior, and has served as editorial consultant for such journals as Foundations of Physics and Man/Environment Systems, and for the State University of New York Press.

Review Quote

”an intellectually courageous attempt … this book is highly original and thought-provoking… highly recommended to those who struggle to understand their way of understanding.” in: Systems Research and Behavioral Science 22 (2005)
“In this challenging, integrative work, Steven Rosen explores the roots of the crisis of postmodernity: the widespread ‘fragmentation of human culture’ … By juxtaposing and integrating images and ideas that reorient dualistic assumptions, Rosen creates a sense of overlapping transparencies that invite the reader to see through many perspectives simultaneously … he points us toward a new science of experiential reflection that questions the limits of the conceptual so that we may “think our own thinking” in: The Journal of Mind and Behavior, Vol. 25, No. 4, Autumn 2004
“This groundbreaking book brings to fruition Rosen's reflexive theory of time and space. With recent physics breaking linear time symmetry, this unique integration of physics and philosophy is indeed timely.” – Eugene T. Gendlin, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Chicago
“Rosen's ideas are precisely stated, and he draws upon an impressive range of sources, both ancient and modern. The author shows the inadequacy of conventional thinking about space and time and argues persuasively for an intriguing new alternative. This important book may have radical implications for the conduct of science in the 21st century.” – Brian Josephson, Professor of Physics, Cambridge University, and Nobel Laureate

Table of contents

List of Figures Jon MILLS: Foreword Preface Part One - Solve : The Flight from Apeiron ONE The Rise and Fall of Classical Space TWO The Crisis of Discontinuity in the Broader Culture Part Two - Coagula: The Return to Apeiron THREE Philosophical Precursors FOUR Apeiron and Being FIVE Topology Epilogue Works Cited About the Author Index