Jordan Peterson: Maps of Meaning

Jordan Peterson began work on the book Maps of Meaning (MoM) back in 1985 and the book was published in 1999.

A free pdf copy of the book is available here: Maps of Meaning PDF

MoM book page at Peterson’s website: Maps of Meaning

For two decades, Peterson ran a course by that name at the University of Toronto. The 13-part lecture series based on the book was broadcast by TVOntario in 2004. Since then, there have been a few versions of his course available on YouTube.

The 2004 TVO lecture series begins here: 1 Monsters of Our Own Making
(28 minutes, with text and graphics edited into the lecture video, 13 lectures in all)

The latest (2017) version of the lectures is currently linked to at Peterson’s MoM page and the videos start here:

2017 Maps of Meaning 1: Context and Background
(2.5 hours, without editing, 12 lectures in all)

Peterson recently made an audio version of the book which he hopes will make it more accessible.

A sample of the reading is here: 23 minutes from Maps of Meaning

Further resources as they become available …

Slaying the Dragon Within us (2002 Big Ideas talk, 56 mins, good introduction to the MoM lecture series)

Bishop Barron on the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon (11mins, good overview with references to Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung and a brief statement of the theologian’s concerns with all three writers)



Daniele Bolelli: Create Your Own Religion

A text copy of the book is available here:


A PDF copy of Chapter 8 is available here:

An excellent article on Bolelli’s personal life here:

Daniele Bolelli opens up to FEMAIL

From the above article, the warrior face of Bolelli:

He’s pretty “hot” (as they say these days) for a man in his early 40s.


What is Truth?

This was the very first topic offered by PhiloSophia and then again by FiloSofia and then again …

Quod Est Veritas? Christ and Pilate, by Nikolai Ge.

Here are notes that I prepared in support of the theme:

These are text only notes that can be printed up two-sided on one A4 page to make a little booklet: what-is-truth-text-booklet

Here is the simple onscreen version: what-is-truth-text-onscreen

This one is a commentary around the Ge painting, that can form a booklet as above: what-is-truth-colour-booklet

And here is the plain version: what-is-truth-colour-onscreen

Some years later, I found a partial answer in modern French phenomenology:

Michel Henry: I am the Truth – Chapters 1 and 2

Having recently become acquainted with Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and his Emissary, I would now see Pilate as representing the left hemisphere and Jesus the right. They are even placed that way in Ge’s painting and the centrepiece is Pilate’s right hand which is controlled by his left hemisphere.

This is clearly an archetypal theme. I’m still researching it and will probably do so indefinitely.