Diaphany: A Journal and Nocturne

Edited by Aaron Cheak, PhD
Sabrina Dalla Valle, MFA
and Jennifer Zahrt, PhD
Publisher: Rubedo Press


Diaphany is an international peer-reviewed volume dedicated to the living confluence of poetic, phenomenological and empirical perceptions of reality. Drinking deeply from both the arts and the sciences, and then dissolving their boundaries, Diaphany weds the vital, experiential dimension of reality to rigorous, source-based research. By embracing the principle of qualitative presence, Diaphany seeks to breathe life into the academic logos in a way that infuses philosophical gravitas with a sweeping, visionary leaven.

The concept of diaphany is drawn from the work of German poet and Kulturphilosoph, Jean Gebser. For Gebser, transparency (Durchsichtigkeit) is that which renders both darkness and light present. Diaphany is designed accordingly as both a journal (from French jour, ‘day’) and a nocturne—a hymn to the night. Diaphany thus conceived is a matrix not only for the rational structures of consciousness (wakeful logos and light) but also for the pre-rational structures of consciousness (myth, dream, darkness). In synthesising Enlightenment as well as Romantik streams of culture, Diaphany seeks to render both sides of the human experience more integrally present.

While strictly peer-reviewed, and while upholding the highest standards of academic research—including an unwavering fidelity to source materials—Diaphany is not a conventional academic journal. That is, Diaphany is not interested in so-called ‘objective’, ‘dispassionate’, or ‘impersonal’ inquiry for its own sake. Rather, Diaphany seeks philosophers tempered in the fires of genuine wisdom rather than mere information; scientists whose work emerges as much from a fervent, personal quest as it does from the perception of inexorable, impersonal realities; and artists of poēsis and presence who make the invisible visible and the eternal tangible according to a Kandinskian ‘inner necessity’ (innere Notwendigkeit).


Book Series: Communication, Comparative Cultures, and Civilizations

Series Editor: Eric M. Kramer, Ph.D. 
Publisher: Hampton Press

The International Jean Gebser Society's Book Series, Communication, Comparative Cultures and Civilizations, is a peer-reviewed edited publication at the crossroads between civilizational theory and communication.


Integrative Explorations: Journal of Culture and Consciousness (1993-2003); open access

Integrative Explorations is a series (1993-2003), published annually, containing essays on a wide variety of topics edified by the work and thought of Jean Gebser and other 20th-century continental scholars. Below are the citations for all publications from the journal. You can download the complete volume by using the link provided next to the publication year.