Eric A. Meece’s web site philosopherswheel.com has been in existence for a while, and it claims there is a forthcoming book called “The Philosopher’s Wheel”. This seems like an interesting project and it’s a shame that the book is still “in process”.
Meece has certainly been working on these ideas for a few years. Starting with a Master’s thesis in 1979, and a presentation in 2001, he also has a collection of articles available to the reader that are related to his theme.
The philosopher’s wheel is essentially composed of three polarities:
- Materialism vs. Spiritualism
- Rationalism vs. Empiricism
- Essentialism vs. Existentialism
Two polarities are related to Jung’s Psychological Types:
- Rationalism (Thinking)
- Empiricism (Sensing)
- Existentialism (Feeling)
- Essentialism (Intuiting)
I’ve tried to represent these dualities a little differently than Meece. Note in the above diagram that Materialism mediates Rationalism and Empiricism, and Spiritualism mediates Essentialism and Existentialism, similar to the wheel representation.
At right is an attempt at eliminating the “isms”. Perhaps I should have read some more of his writings before making these efforts.
The more I think about it, the more I like to compare this with
Images of the Philosopher’s Wheel: