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He completed technical studies and philosophy in Warsaw. He received his Ph. Today he is considered to be the leading thinker in the field of e co-philosophy. During decades of travel and involvement with leading thinkers across the globe, Skolimowski has become familiar with a great variety of cultures, and has been lauded by many for his work.
He is the author of over 50 books and over hundreds of scholarly and philosophical papers. He is also a poet.
He writes in English. In the years Skolimowski held the Chair of Ecological Philosophy at Technical University of Lodz , the first position of this kind in the world. In addition Henryk Skolimowski published over articles. Henryk Skolimowski. Biography Memoirs. Degrees and Scholarly Titles: M. From this central assumption immediately follows reverence for life and for all there is, responsibility for the world and society, altruism and sharing as the basis for ethics, and ecological spirituality, which maintains that the ecological and the spiritual are one.
Swimming against the current of the disengaged academic philosophy, Skolimowski has insisted, for the last four decades, that philosophy must be committed to life, must be living philosophy, helping life to unfold and to flourish. More recently, he proposed a new cosmology of light, according to which Light is the source of it all; it is truly a Great Mother; if we have the eyes to see and the mind to bear its greatness.
Light is the source of all spiritualities and religions. Skolimowski's passions are: hiking in the mountains - the higher the better; watching the sunrise over the Himalayas - it has been his sublime experience; also watching the stars in the mountains on moonless nights The Lotus and the Mud: Autobiography of a Philosopher. Creative Fire Press. Wisdom Tree. Philosophy for a New Civilization.
Gyan Publishing House. Concept Books. Dharma, Ecology and Wisdom in the Third Millennium. Gaia Books. A Sacred Place to Dwell. Element Books. Dancing Shiva in the Ecological Age. Clarion Books The Other Side of the Rational Mind.
The Intl Cultural Foundation. Out of the Cosmic Dust. Vasanta Press. Eco-Theology: Toward a Religion for our Times. Eco-Philosophy Publications. Theatre of the Mind. Quest Books. Technology and Human Destiny. Madras Univ. Marion Boyars. Polish Analytical Philosophy. Routledge and Kegan Paul. Articles In addition Henryk Skolimowski published over articles. Phil in philosophy. And it was not easy either to jump over the ocean and find a professorial position in one of the American universities upon arrival.
Yet I accomplished both these things in You might say good luck. I suppose it was. Yes, and perhaps the guidance of stars, in which I believed.
Oxford was difficult and intimidating because of its profundity. They knew everything best and they were so sure of it. America was disconcerting and discombobulating because of its apparent ease. Everything goes. Everything flows. But nothing stays.
From Oxford I landed in Los Angeles. I remember well majestic palm trees along Sunset Boulevard. At first I stayed in a Japanese villa of a friend in Beverley Hills. I was pinching myself not being quite sure whether I was in some kind of heaven or simply hallucinating. I woke up soon enough after being arrested 6 times for walking in Beverly Hills.
I was longing for the spires of Oxford and the bucolic scenes of Poland. Yet I had to survive nearly six years in L. It was not all a misery… but some was. The redeeming moments were the meetings with flower children and discussions with the hippies. When I was given a single pink carnation, on Sunset Boulevard… without a word… the experience was electrifying. It is here that I lived the best 23 years of my life and was able to spread my wings beyond my expectations.
Within a few days after I arrived at Ann Arbor at first as a visiting professor , I knew it was my kind of place. To begin with, coffee houses were a real thing, like in Paris, Cracow and Warsaw. The aroma was just right inside and the discussions were passionate — my kind of thing. Lots of students everywhere, particularly on the Diag.
Sophocles was right: the city is the people. The Diag has been the heart of the University, a place entrusted with so much of good energy.
On a fine day, whether you would sit anywhere, or walk through the Diag — with your heart open — you would feel this energy reverberating around you. The students are batteries of bursting energy. I found them at U of M neither too snooty nor too sluggish, but just right, alive and slightly arrogant. Not pompous but aware of their worth. Within an easy stroll, almost an extension of the Diag, there is a big temple, called Hill Auditorium. A music temple for me, containing listeners, and offering great performances all the year around.
At first I could not understand it at all — how can you find a Mecca for music in a hidden smallish mid Western city? But there it was. I very promptly bought myself season tickets for important series.
It is here, in Hill Auditorium, that I met Arthur Rubinstein in the flesh, after he had already turned He gave a scintillating recital. Afterwards, during the reception, he was in a champagne spirit and eager to speak Polish. Then he added half mischievously and half mockingly: I will tell you a secret now. It was reassuring and uplifting to see this radiant man performing so superbly and enjoying his life so much. His whole being was still emanating ecstatic vibrations.
He was reliving his music again. An unearthly man. A joy to watch. Some years later I also met Karl Heinz Stockhausen. He came to rehearse one of his pieces, in Hill Auditorium, of course. I was curious why he came to Ann Arbor, while he could rehearse in Europe. So I decided to find out and meet the man.
Well he needed a special brass band, which Ann Arbor possessed. He played trumpet and was accompanied by a brass ensemble. The young man playing the trumpet was Markus Stockhausen, the son of the great composer.
He played his part over and again, sometimes consulting with his father; and played again and again. This is how perfection is accomplished.
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He completed technical studies, musicology and philosophy in Warsaw. He received his Ph. Skolimowski earned a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he also taught before he began his professorships at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and then at the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , where he was for many years a professor of philosophy, and then held the position of professor emeritus. He was considered to be the leading thinker in the field of eco-philosophy. Skolimowski's work was targeted at overcoming human angst and disconnection caused in part by the overwhelming preponderance of modern technology, which had its seeds in the Industrial Revolution. Our accelerating dependence on technology at the expense of a right relationship with Nature and the planet is a prime concern within Skolimowski's work, as is the increasing inability of organized patriarchal religions to provide a meaningful spiritual platform from which modern human beings may appropriately evolve. During decades of travel and involvement with leading thinkers across the globe, Skolimowski had become familiar a great variety of cultures, and included winning precepts from them into his works.