Whitehead's Philosophy

Points of Connection

Edited by Janusz A. Polanowski & Donald W. Sherburne

Subjects: American Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thought
Paperback : 9780791461389, 244 pages, January 2013
Hardcover : 9780791461372, 244 pages, October 2004

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Table of contents

Purpose of This Book

Biographical Sketch of Alfred North Whitehead

PART ONE: AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

1. Whitehead, Descartes, and Terminology
Donald W. Sherburne

PART TWO: WHITEHEAD AND CLASSICAL AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY

2. Whitehead and Pragmatism
Robert Cummings Neville

3. Whitehead and Dewey: Religion in the Making of Education
George Allan

4. Spirit and Eternity in Whitehead and Santayana
Patrick Shade

PART THREE: WHITEHEAD AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY

5. Whitehead, Rorty, and the Return of the Exiled Poets
David L. Hall

6. Future Ethics: MacIntyre and Whitehead on Moral Progress
Lisa Bellantoni

PART FOUR: WHITEHEAD AND EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY

7. Whitehead and Merleau-Ponty: Healing the Bifurcation of Nature
William S. Hamrick

8. Points of Connection in Whitehead's and Nietzsche's Metaphysics
Janusz A. Polanowski

PART FIVE: WHITEHEAD ON NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY

9. Thinking with Whitehead about Nature
John B. Cobb Jr.

10. Whitehead and Technology
Frederick Ferré

Contributors

Note on Supporting Center

Index

Demonstrates myriad points of connection between Whitehead's philosophy and mainstream philosophical traditions.

Description

This volume explores the range of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy and his relevance to contemporary philosophical traditions. While philosophers and theologians with only a passing acquaintance with Whitehead might think that his philosophy is unconnected to our Western philosophical tradition, the contributors prove that nothing could be further from the truth. The most respected scholars in the field—George Allan, Lisa Bellantoni, John B. Cobb Jr., Frederick Ferré, David L. Hall, William S. Hamrick, Robert Cummings Neville, Janusz A. Polanowski, Patrick Shade, and Donald W. Sherburne—illustrate points of connection between Whitehead's ideas to the following: Descartes, the so-called "Father of Modern Philosophy"; classical American thought; several contemporary American thinkers, including Richard Rorty and Alasdair MacIntyre; aspects of European philosophy; and current reflections upon the environment and technology.

Janusz A. Polanowski teaches philosophy at Nashville State Technological Institute. Donald W. Sherburne is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of A Whiteheadian Aesthetic: Some Implications of Whitehead's Metaphysical Speculation and the editor of A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality.