Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes
Philosopher of mind

On the Need for Metaphysics in Psychedelic Therapy and Research.

It will be argued that psychedelic-induced metaphysical experiences should be integrated and evaluated with recourse to metaphysics. The case will be put forward that there is a potential extra benefit to patients in psychedelic-assisted therapy if they are provided with an optional, additional, and intelligible schema and discussion of metaphysical options at the integrative phase of the therapy.

Metaphysics is not mysticism, despite some overlap; and certainly not all psychedelic experience is metaphysical or mystical – all three terms will be defined and contrasted. Thereafter psychedelic therapy will be presented and analysed in order to reveal the missing place for metaphysics. Thus, in psychedelic-assisted therapy one sees here the potential bridge and fusion between reason-based philosophy and practical therapy, and societal enrichment.

Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes is philosopher of mind & metaphysics who specialises in the thought of Spinoza, Nietzsche, and Whitehead, and in fields pertaining to altered and panpsychological states of consciousness.

He is a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Exeter where he has co-founded the Exeter Psychedelic Research Group, the ambit of which includes taught modules, conferences, workshops, and publications.

Peter is the author of Noumenautics, Modes of Sentience, editor of Bloomsbury's Philosophy and Psychedelics volume, the TEDx Talker on Psychedelics and consciousness, and he is inspiration to the inhuman philosopher Marvel Superhero, Karnak. Published with Bloomsbury, Routledge, Palgrave Macmilllan, and the Psychedelic Press.