Theorizing the Psychedelic Experience

  • Roger K. Green


This chapter addresses nascent discourse around psychedelics from the 1960s. It connects notions of play to earlier European and the popularity of Vedanta with thinkers like Aldous Huxley. It gives a more detailed discussion of the framing of the term “psychedelic.” As well as an account of professional psychological discourse on the uses of psychedelics during the 1960s. It shows a blend of secular humanist optimism native to the United States in the discourse.


R. A. Durr Psychedelic experience Ram Dass Vedanta “Psychedelic” (coining of the term) MK-ULTRA Aldous Huxley Perennial philosophy William James Psychological discourse on LSD in the 1960s 

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  • Roger K. Green
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishMetropolitan State University of DenverDenverUSA

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