Oliver L. Reiser

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Oliver L. Reiser
Born 15 November 1895(1895-11-15)
Columbus, Ohio
Died 6 June 1974 (78)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania
Alma mater Ohio State University (B.A., 1921; M.A., 1922; Ph.D., 1924)
Noted work(s) Cosmic Humanism (1966)

Oliver Leslie Reiser (November 15, 1895 - June 6, 1974) was an American philosopher, active as a professor at Ohio State University and at the University of Pittsburgh, serving as head of the philosophy department at the latter. Reiser notably proposed the concept of the psychosphere, a field encompassing the planet Earth that he supposed acts as a living memory storage system and influences biological evolution of lifeforms within it, on which basis he advocated for radio-eugenics, a means whereby the psychosphere would be manipulated technologically to promote preferred evolutionary pressures.

Selected Bibliography

  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1928), The Alchemy of Light and Color, New York: Norton 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1930), Humanistic Logic for the Mind in Action, New York: Crowell 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1933), Humanism and New World Ideals, Yellow Springs, OH: Antioch Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1935), Philosophy and the Concepts of Modern Science, New York: Macmillan 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1940), The Promise of Scientific Humanism Toward a Unification of Scientific, Religious, Social and Economic Thought, New York: O. Piest 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1942), A New Earth and a New Humanity, New York: Creative Age Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L.; Davies, Blodwen (1944), Planetary Democracy: An Introduction to Scientific Humanism and Applied Semantics, New York: Creative Age Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1946), The World Sensorium: The Social Embryology of World Federation, New York: Avalon Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1948), World Philosophy: A Search for Synthesis, Pittsburgh, OH: University of Pittsburgh Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1951), Nature, Man, and God: A Synthesis of Pantheism and Scientific Humanism, Pittsburgh, OH: University of Pittsburgh Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1955), Unified Symbolism for World Understanding in Science, Including Bliss Symbols (Semantography) and Logic, Cybernetics and Semantics, Sydney, Aus.: Semantography Pub. Co. 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1958), The Integration of Human Knowledge: A Study of the Formal Foundations and Social Implications of Unified Science, Boston, MA: P. Sargent 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1961), Man's New Image of Man: An Interpretation of the Development of American Philosophy from Puritanism to World Humanism, Pittsburgh, OH: Boxwood Press 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1962), Synthesis as the Function of Philosophy, Greenville, DE: Psychosynthesis Research Foundation 
  • Reiser, Oliver L. (1966), Cosmic Humanism: A Theory of the Eight-Dimensional Cosmos Based on Integrative Principles from Science, Religion, and Art, Cambridge, MA: Schenkman