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