Jeffrey J. Kripal
Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Studies, School of the Humanities
J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Studies in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He also helps direct the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and sits on numerous advisory boards in the United States and Europe involving the nature of consciousness and the human, social and natural sciences.
Kripal is the author of 10 single-authored books, including, most recently, The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities (Chicago, 2022), where he intuits an emerging order of knowledge that can engage in robust moral criticism but also affirm the superhuman or nonhuman dimensions of our histories and futures. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the sciences, modern esoteric literature and the hidden history of science fiction collectively entitled The Super Story: Science (Fiction) and Some Emergent Mythologies. His full body of work can be seen at jeffreyjkripal.com.
He thinks he may be Spider-Man.