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: 0791470504

ISBN-13: 9780791470503

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines the postmodern implications of Whitehead’s metaphysical system.

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

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Examines the postmodern implications of Whitehead’s metaphysical system.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791470503
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
SUNY Series in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Abbreviations

PART 1. WHITEHEAD’S PHILOSOPHY AS POSTMODERN

1. Whitehead’s Philosophy as Postmodern Philosophy

2. Whitehead’s Philosophy and the Enlightenment


PART 2. WHITEHEAD ON CONSCIOUSNESS, ECOLOGY, TRUTH, TIME, AND ETHICS

3. Consciousness as a Subjective Form: Interactionism without Dualism

4. Whitehead’s Deeply Ecological Worldview: Egalitarianism without Irrelevance

5. Truth as Correspondence, Knowledge as Dialogical: Pluralism without Relativism

6. Time in Physics and the Time of Our Lives: Overcoming Misplaced Concreteness

7. Whitehead and the Crisis in Moral Theory: Theistic Ethics without Heteronomy


PART 3. THE COHERENCE OF WHITEHEADIAN THEISM

8. Relativity Physics and Whiteheadian Theism: Overcoming the Apparent Conflicts

9. Whiteheadian Theism: A Response to Robert Neville’s Critique

Appendix: Whitehead’s Subjectivist Principle: From Descartes to Panexperientialism

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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