Psychedelic Philosophy: Getting Saved from the Sixties

Psychedelic Philosophy is a discussion group for people with an interest in exploring the philosophical issues related to the use of psychedelics. It is a lively, fun space to engage with ideas, have our preconceptions challenged, and connect with others interested in questioning what IS, and what it MEANS.

Sessions run every few weeks and include a short presentation by a facilitator, followed by structured discussion activities. Preparatory reading will be provided for those who want to do it, but homework is always optional!

Who will be facilitating these sessions?

Lindsay Jordan is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts London, where she teaches philosophy and theory of education. She is currently researching the purpose of universities, the role of psychoactive substances as educational tools, and moral enhancement. She won the student prize at Breaking Convention 2017 for a doctoral assignment on psychedelic enquiry (, and spoke at Beyond Psychedelics 2018 on ‘What Are Psychedelics For?’ (

Mark Juhan graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford and has just completed a masters Religion and Society at St John’s, Durham. He has been a lay chaplain and is currently applying for a doctorate in psychedelic theology. He is interested in the relationship between drugs and culture, specifically the potential of augmenting religion with ritual entheogenesis.

► Please arrive early for a 7pm start
► It involves a bring-and-share supper: bring culinary goodies if you can.
► The event will take place at the new Psychedelic Society HQ, in Homerton (8 Mackintosh Lane, London E9 6AB)

Week 2 - 29th November 2018 - Getting Saved from the Sixties - The Social Construal of Styles of Ethical Evaluation in Psychedelic Subculture

This week we will be discussing Stephen Tipton’s social study, Getting Saved From the Sixties published twenty years after the experiment of the flower-children. It qualitatively analyses the experience of many of ex-hippies who left the movement - for a conservative Christian sect, a strict Buddhist monastic life or est, a branch of the human potential movement - because of the movement’s perceived inability to come up with consistent styles of ethical evaluation. The hippies, Tipton contends, suffered from a moral implosion. We will be considering the following questions:

→ Do we agree with Tipton’s claim that styles of ethical evaluation are necessarily socially construed?

→ What style of ethical evaluation was the counterculture railing against?

→ Was the counterculture’s proposed alternative to the ethic of the time hopeful but naive or practicable and possible?

→ Was there more going on to undermine the hippie movement than its own “social and ideological stability”?

→ Has anyone ever had personal experiences in terms of struggling with a moral cohesiveness?

→ What might a ‘new and revised’ psychedelic ethic look like? What can we learn from what went wrong in the sixties?

The preparatory reading for this session is the first chapter of Getting Saved from the Sixties, (Tipton, Steven (1982) Getting Saved from the Sixties: Moral Meaning in Conversion and Cultural Change M. Oregon: Wipe & Stock), ‘Culture and Counterculture’ (pp.1-30), and - if this excites you enough & time allows - concluding chapter (pp.232-281). Message Mark for a scan.

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