Dr. Paul Briot, Writer, Essayist, Poet, Philosopher, Professor of Comparative Religion
Paul’s latest book reprinted in 2017 calls on artists to imagine existential art at its height.
Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative Religion, calls for artists to help us experience wisdom. He works closely with Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka on using crisis to imagine a new Japan. Paul believes that when art succeeds in evoking both balance and the fullness of existence, the experience of art elevates man and inspires a longing for knowledge, human solidarity and a broad vision of liberty.
Ph.D. in Philosophy. Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.
He is the author of poetic essays, articles and books on the subject of the utilization of crisis, sincerity, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives. Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.
Dr. Paul Briot Longer Bio
Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.
Paul believes that when art succeeds in evoking both balance and the fullness of existence, the experience of art elevates man and inspires a longing for knowledge, human solidarity and a broad vision of liberty.
He is the author of poetic essays, articles and books on the subject of the utilization of crisis, sincerity, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives.
Today Paul’s work focuses on the use of crisis as a means to elevate ourselves spiritually. In his poetic essay Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini he invites us to imagine existential art at its height, bringing man closer to a form of universal wisdom broad enough to be recognized and accepted both in the East and the West. Some of his artistic propositions relevant to the Japanese are re-printed on this site.
His interest and respect for many nations and cultures as well as his admiration for Japan, has lead him to work with Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka on using March 11th for individual and societal change.
Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy, lives in Brussels and is a member of the faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G).
Beyond Our Best: Knowledge, Compassion, Liberation
Paul’s work focuses on the use of crisis as a means to elevate ourselves spiritually. He works with individuals on inspiring knowledge, compassion, liberation and realization of what is most noble or beautiful within.
In his 1989 book, The Structure of Existence he uses the following illustration to depict going beyond a previous best equilibrium. Zone 3 is the area that exceeds our experience of the past at our best. It can apply to any areas of our life and represents unchartered territory.
« From individual crisis it is possible to emerge enriched with a new equilibrium that surpasses in value, in human significance the previous equilibrium that the crisis came to shatter. A crisis can make of us beings that are less divided, more coherent. They can push us to create a life far deeper in significance and depth.»
— Dr. Paul Briot
To help us beyond a previous best equilibrium, his book, The Structure of Existence shows his students how they can use a crisis, greater sincerity with themselves, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives to provide one’s existence with a meaning that is uniquely our own. He suggests that as we resolve life’s most important questions, we must reflect that we belong to groups far larger than ourselves that engulf all of mankind.
Bibliography of Selected Books & Articles by Dr. Paul Briot
Dr. Paul Briot’s background and personal research has helped him acquire a certain understanding of several great mystics.
In addition to research in historical psychology found in specialized reviews and academic articles in his field, the author has published several essays, including essays of a poetic nature.
A Letter to Japanese Friends, Dr. Paul Briot and Leiko Ishizuka, published in English and Japanese by the chief editor of Sogensha in Osaka in 日本語臨床フォーラム, web journal dealing with psychology psychotherapy and art, 2012.
L’Europe projet d’existence: propositions, Le Soir, 30 Juin 1993; p. 2.
Vers la plénitude de la vie, essai, Larcier, Bruxelles, 1966 ; 2e éd., 1983 ; 3e et 4eéd., 1984 ; traduction néerlandaise, F.V.G., Anvers, 1985 ; 2e éd. 1990 ; 8e éd. 1994
Futur 1. Que vouloir ?, poème dramatique, Caractères, Paris, 1982 ; 2e éd., 1983 ; 3e éd., 1985
La structuration de l’existence, essai, Presses du CUNIC, Charleroi, 1989
Un art au service de l’Esprit, Acta Comparanda, XIII, 2002, pp.125-131.
Le rayonnant. Un art de nos aspirations, Le journal des poètes, 2, 2003, pp. 4-5.
Le rayonnant… un art vers l’Infini… , essai, Caractères, Paris, 2004, 2017.
L’artiste des soleils, L’arbre à paroles, 129, 2005, pp. 23-33.
Contact Publisher Caractères, Paris, France
For English, Japanese, or other language translation rights to Paul Briot’s essay Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini contact his publisher Caractères in Paris.
Paul Briot’s work is published under the Cahiers & Cahier collection and the most recent edition in 2017 includes calligraphy works of Saiso Shimada. Contact Publisher: Editions Caractères, Collection: Cahiers & Cahiers, 7, rue de l’Arbaléte, 75005 Paris, France. Tel: (++33) 01.43.37.96.98 Fax: (++33) 01.43.37.26.10 Email: Contact@editions-caracteres.fr
Founded in 1950 this publisher has published many reknown writers, poets, mystics, and artists (to illustrate texts), including Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Sri Aurobindo, and Pablo Picasso.
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