19/ "Defining Project Sanity By L-V O-A" with John McMurtry

Our problem has many levels. We’re dealing with the
most profound problem as could be imagined.
— Dr. John McMurtry

John McMurtry (PhD) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). His life's work has focused on the life-blind value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life.

In this episode, Dr. John McMurtry joins Scott Andrew to define our common Project Sanity in the broad context of our now clinically insane globally life-invading Money-Capital cancer system; and how to install the missing life coordinates (The Primary Axiom of Value / Inner Logic of Recovery) into our capsizing life-blind social construct.

McMurtry's principal research project in Philosophy spanning over seven years has followed from the invitation by the Secretariat of UNESCO/EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Paris-Oxford) to construct, author and edit Philosophy and World Problems as a multi-volume study of world philosophy. Three sub-volumes entitled Western Philosophy and the Life-Ground, Modes of Reason, and Philosophy, Human Nature and Society have been written with internationally distinguished philosophers contributing to five topic areas in each of these general fields. The central title study by McMurtry, entitled, "What is Good, What is Bad? The Value of All Values Across Time, Place and Theories", is an encompassing in-depth critical study of known world philosophies and fields to explain the inner logic of each canon and school in relationship to world problems across languages and eras including the method of life-value onto-axiology (L-V O-A) which is deployed to excavate, explain and resolve life-blind presuppositions of the world's major thought-systems from the ancients East and West to modern and contemporary philosophy.

His latest book is The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure.

Defining Project Sanity By L-V O-A is the third extended episode of Project Sanity's Feb 2018 four-part Social Vaccine series of weekly extended episodes.

Ep 19 VIDEO PREVIEW - John McMurtry explains the immutable social imperative to flip this cancer paradigm to life-coherence and how knowledge is the secret to all human advancement.

“Our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. This means that the potentially – integratable – techno – economic advantages are not comprehended integratively and therefore are not realized…”
— R. Buckminster Fuller, Engineer.


The Primary and Most Important Act is the Act of Understanding. The Unifying Alternative Follows From the Logic of the Problem.

LIFE: The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.

VALUE: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

ONTOLOGY: The branch of metaphysics dealing with the logic and nature of all being.

AXIOLOGY: The study of the nature of value and valuation, and of the kinds of things that are valuable.

SYSTEM: A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole. And/or a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organised scheme or method.