Twelve Ways of Seeing the World

Philosophies and Archetypal Worldviews for Understanding Human Consciousness

Twelve Ways of Seeing the World
Mario Betti By (author)
Matthew T. Segall Foreword by
Kathelijne Drenth Introduction by
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PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body


In Twelve Ways of Seeing the World, Mario Betti strives to make sense of the world through various lenses framed as twelve archetypes; Phenomonalism, Sensualism, Materialism, Mathematism, Rationalism, Idealism, Psychism, Pneumatism, Monadism, Dynamism, Realism, and Humanus. He draws on the research of Rudolf Steiner and his twelvefold typology of human and cosmic thought to explore and validate each worldview from its own unique perspective. In this way he intends to transform dogmatism and enable deeper and more meaningful dialogues.

The book includes a study guide, “World View by World View,” comprising templates for lesson structures and questions for discussion gathered by the author and Kathelijne Drenth of the Cloverleaf Foundation in The Netherlands

“...might well change your life as much as it did mine...empowers us to deal more constructively with the world. Framing one’s understanding of the world with the twelve worldviews is extraordinarily powerful, inspiring, and transformative.” (from the introduction)

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Robert McDermott and Matthew T. Segall
Introduction by Kathelijne Drenth
Foreword to the 2001 German Edition by Mario Betti

1. Goethe’s “The Mysteries,” and Today’s Multicultural Society
2. The Twelve Worldviews: What Is Meant by Them?
3. Look at, and Listen to, the World—Phenomenalism
4. Human Carnality—Sensualism
5. “Earth Goes on Standing Firm”—Materialism
6. Measure, Number, and Weight—Mathematism
7. “And Behold, It Was Very Good”—Rationalism
8. The Logos that Was at the Beginning—Idealism
9. I Am an I—Psychism
10. I Am the Universe—Pneumatism
11. The Jacob’s Ladder—Spiritualism
12. Universal Relation—Monadism
13. “I Am Dynamite”—Dynamism
14. The World Scales—Realism
15. Humanus: The New Human Being in the Third Millennium

Notes and References
Study/Discussion Guide: Worldview by Worldview, by Mario Betti and Kathelijne Drenth


“Might well change your life as much as it did mine.... empowers us to deal more constructively with the world. Framing one’s understanding of the world with the twelve worldviews is extraordinarily powerful, inspiring and transformative.”Kathelijne Drenth MA, Chair of the Cloverleaf Foundation

Author Bio

MARIO BETTI was born in 1942 in Lucca, Italy. After studying and working in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and England, he moved to Germany. He taught for many years at a Waldorf school, where he became head of art education, and between 1985 and 2001 was a lecturer in educational anthropology, art history, and Anthroposophy at Alanus University in Alfter, near Bonn. Between 2001 and 2005, Betti was a lecturer at the Institute for Waldorf Education in Stuttgart. His stories, essays, and poems have been published in Italy and Germany.

Matthew T. Segall, PhD, received his doctoral degree in 2016 from the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His dissertation was titled Cosmotheanthropic Imagination in the Post-Kantian Process Philosophy of Schelling and Whitehead. It grapples with the limits to knowing reality as imposed by Kant's transcendental form of philosophy, asserting that Schelling and Whitehead's process-oriented approach (described in his dissertation as a "descendental" form of philosophy) shows the way across the Kantian threshold to renewed experiential contact with reality. He teaches courses on German Idealism and process philosophy for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS. 

Robert McDermott, Ph.D., is president emeritus and chair of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His publications include Radhakrishnan (1970); The Essential Aurobindo (1974, 1987); The Essential Steiner (1984); (with Rudolf Steiner) The Bhagavad Gita and the West (2009); and The New Essential Steiner (2009). He has also published on William James, Josiah Royce, M. K. Gandhi, the evolution of consciousness, and American thought. His administrative service includes president of the New York Center for Anthroposophy; president of the Rudolf Steiner [summer] Institute; chair of the board of Sunbridge College (New York) and of Rudolf Steiner College (California). He was a member of the council of the Anthroposophical Society in America (1996–2004). He is the founding chair of the board of the Sophia Project, an anthroposophic home in Oakland, California, for mothers and children at risk of homelessness. He is a Lindisfarne fellow, a Fetzer mentor, and a member of the Esalen Corportion.

Kathelijne Drenth has twenty years of experience as an organizational expert and executive coach, guiding leaders and organizations in their development. Since 2006, she has worked with colleagues from The Twelve B.V. and its international strategic consulting firm for multinationals, SMEs, and start-ups in Europe and Brazil. Their mission is to explain to leaders and their teams how they can expose the higher, core purpose of their organizations and proactively lead them to become capable of becoming. With business partner Richard Leachman, she has worked for more than ten years on this innovation, which facilitates the coherent growth of people and organizations.