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Concerning Creativity : A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville

Concerning Creativity : A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville 
by John H. Berthrong

 

Transforming Process Theism (Suny Series in Philosophy)

Transforming Process Theism 
by Lewis S. Ford

 

Moral Progress : A Process Critique of MacIntyre (Suny Series in Philosophy)

Moral Progress : A Process Critique of MacIntyre
by Lisa Bellantoni

 

Alfred North Whitehead  
1861 - 1947

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Environmental Ethics and Process Thinking (Oxford Theological Monographs)

The Center for Process Studies:  Whitehead

The Center for Process Studies contributes to the development of a new cultural paradigm influenced by a relational worldview. As a resource for scholars and other professionals the Center coordinates multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research on pressing issues, seeking to avoid the inertia and limitations of segregated university disciplines. Where other new paradigm institutes focus on singular issues--like ecology, agriculture, feminism, race and class, decentralized political economic theory, or appropriate technology--a typical process focus is to integrate these issues through a non-dualistic worldview applicable to a wide range of problems. A process procedure of mutual transformation of perspectives uniquely integrates science, religion, ethics, and aesthetics, generating a wider perspective that includes feminist, ecological, political, economic and other issues into a unity that takes account of issues beyond immediate concern for itself. 

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Process Metaphysics

Many philosophers have attempted to build a process metaphysics or an evolutionary philosophy, including Alfred North Whitehead, Teilhard de Chardin, Herbert Spencer, and Henry Bergson. Their main idea is to ground a philosophy on change or development, rather than on static concepts like matter or mind. However, these early process philosophies are characterized by vagueness and mysticism, and they tend to see evolution as teleological, goal directed, guided by some supra-physical force, rather than as the blind variation and selection process that we postulate. They are thus not constructivist in the sense discussed in section constructivism.

 

The Wit and Wisdom of Whitehead

The Wit and Wisdom of Whitehead.

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bulletPhilosophers and Philosophy
bulletThought
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bulletMorality
bulletSocial Philosophy
bulletPhilosophy of History
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The Australasian Association for Process Thought

The Australasian Association for Process Thought was formed in 1996 by process philosopher and theologian, Dr. Greg Moses and computer scientist, Peter Farleigh, with support from biologist and writer, Professor Charles Birch and humanities professor, Wayne Hudson. The aim of the organisation is to promote the study of the process-relational thought of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne (who turned 101 recently!) in the southern Pacific region.  Membership consists of academics, scientists, medics, clergy, students, and other interested people from all over Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

 

The March of Metaphysics

Two dozen steps from ancient Greek thought to the panexperientialism of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, and its use in New Thought.

 

Whitehead on the Twin Paradox

By V. Alan White.  When Alfred North Whitehead published The Principle of Relativity in 1922 as an alternative to Einstein’s 1905 and 1916 expositions, it immediately suffered the same ignoble stillbirth of Hume’s first Treatise. Unlike Hume’s work, however, no subsequent resurrection of Whitehead’s book or theory occurred. The reasons for this appear to be quite understandable. Whitehead’s mathematical treatment of special relativity doesn’t differ from Einstein’s, and where it does with respect to general relativity, the available evidence hasn’t been kind to Whitehead. Perhaps most significantly, however, is that the conceptual base for this theoretical stew—Whitehead’s concept of the relativity of simultaneity—has a distinctly Newtonian flavor. The enthusiasm among philosophers and physicists for this recipe might best be compared to that engorged Thanksgivers exhibit for warmed-over turkey casserole. 

Charles Hartshorne

The other great process philosopher.  This web site contains resources for scholars and students of process thought. Process follows the philosophical work of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne. The site contains conference papers, bibliographies and research tools.

 

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