This book addresses key Whiteheadian texts and secondary interpretations of Whitehead. The discussion ranges over most of Whitehead’s theory in Process and Reality, and offers a number of significant and, in some cases, novel views on different aspects of Whitehead’s theory: perception, prehension, causation, objective immortality, self-causation, the extensive continuum, natural order, possiblity, concreteness, and God. Ross’s concluding suggestions for modifying Whitehead’s system promise to occasion much debate among process philosophers, theologians, and anyone concerned with Whitehead’s thought.
Stephen David Ross is Department Chairman and Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of Transition to an Ordinal Metaphysics, Philosophical Mysteries, and A Theory of Art: Inexhaustibility by Contrast, also published by the State University of New York Press.
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Table of ContentsPREFACE
Causal Relations The Uniformity of Nature Natural Teleology Inductive Knowledge Causal Perception
Novelty Contingency Self-Causation Conceptual Reversion Subjective Aim The Ultimate Irrationality
General Considerations Mind and Body Perception Higher Experience Subjectivity and Anthropomorphism
Propositions Truth Philosophical Knowedge
The Order of the Universe Social Order The Philosophy of Organism The Unity of the World
The Extensive Continuum Duration The Presented Duration Extensive Abstraction
Actuality Possibility Abstraction
The Primordial Nature of God The Consequent Nature of God The Cosmological Status of God
10. SUMMARY AND EVALUATION