Philip Lewin’s Details

Adjunct Instructor, Writing, Lansing Community College


Philip Lewin

Philip Lewin

Biographical Info: I teach the humanities and writing at universities in western Michigan. My primary interest is in epistemology, that is, in the general question of how we make sense of and function within the world while maintaining a self-legitimating sanity. I have tried to ground this interest within philosophy (primarily European phenomenology), developmental and cognitive psychology, depth psychology, organismic biology and evolutionary theory, and literary theory (primarily narratology).

My involvement with ASC grew out of my graduate work in the late 1970s. Among my primary influences at that time were studies on Jean Piaget with Ernst von Glasersfeld, summer courses with Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela on biological epistemology, and the revelation that was my first reading of Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an Ecology of Mind. These influences continue.