Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy: An Argument for Its Contemporary Relevance

Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy: An Argument for Its Contemporary Relevance

by David Ray Griffin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791470490

ISBN-13: 9780791470497

Pub. Date: 03/08/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Postmodern philosophy is often dismissed as unintelligible, self-contradictory, and as a passing fad with no contribution to make to the problems faced by philosophers in our time. While this characterization may be true of the type of philosophy labeled postmodern in the 1980s and 1990s, David Ray Griffin argues that Alfred North Whitehead had formulated a radically…  See more details below

Overview

Postmodern philosophy is often dismissed as unintelligible, self-contradictory, and as a passing fad with no contribution to make to the problems faced by philosophers in our time. While this characterization may be true of the type of philosophy labeled postmodern in the 1980s and 1990s, David Ray Griffin argues that Alfred North Whitehead had formulated a radically different type of postmodern philosophy to which these criticisms do not apply. Griffin shows the power of Whitehead’s philosophy in dealing with a range of contemporary issues—the mind-body relation, ecological ethics, truth as correspondence, the relation of time in physics to the (irreversible) time of our lives, and the reality of moral norms. He also defends a distinctive dimension of Whitehead’s postmodernism, his theism, against various criticisms, including the charge that it is incompatible with relativity theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791470497
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/08/2007
Series:
SUNY Series in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Abbreviations     xi
Whitehead's Philosophy as Postmodern
Whitehead's Philosophy as Postmodern Philosophy     3
Whitehead's Philosophy and the Enlightenment     15
Whitehead on Consciousness, Ecology, Truth, Time, and Ethics
Consciousness as a Subjective Form: Interactionism without Dualism     51
Whitehead's Deeply Ecological Worldview: Egalitarianism without Irrelevance     70
Truth as Correspondence, Knowledge as Dialogical: Pluralism without Relativism     86
Time in Physics and the Time of Our Lives: Overcoming Misplaced Concreteness     106
Whitehead and the Crisis in Moral Theory: Theistic Ethics without Heteronomy     139
The Coherence of Whiteheadian Theism
Relativity Physics and Whiteheadian Theism: Overcoming the Apparent Conflicts     166
Whiteheadian Theism: A Response to Robert Neville's Critique     186
Whitehead's Subjectivist Principle: From Descartes to Panexperientialism     215
Notes     242
Bibliography     276
Index     297

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