Voicing Rivers through ontopoetics: A co-operative inquiry

Jacqueline Kurio, Peter Reason

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A co-operative inquiry was established to explore the experience of a panpsychic world of sentient beings rather than inert objects, a world in which mind—sentience, subjectivity, and the will of self-realization—is a fundamental aspect of matter, just as matter is a fundamental aspect of mind. The nature of worldviews, the fundamental basis of our perceiving, thinking, valuing, and acting, is addressed and a brief outline of living cosmos panpsychism offered. The inquiry asks, could we humans, through intentional engagement, relate to the rivers as beings, subjects, or other-than-human persons in their own right? How might we engage with the rivers through personal relationship, ceremony, and invocation? What are the possibilities for reciprocal communication? In short, how might rivers speak?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
JournalRiver Research and Applications
Issue number3
Early online date19 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2022


  • co-operative inquiry
  • experiential inquiry
  • living cosmos panpsychism
  • ontopoetics
  • Panpsychism
  • worldviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)


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