Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy: An Argument for Its Contemporary Relevance [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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Those who are unfamiliar with Griffin's recent books will be grateful for this clear, readable, and thorough introduction to Whitehead's philosophy as constructive (rather than deconstructive) and postmodern. However, those who are well versed in Griffin's previous books will also benefit from his expanded use of the theory of hard-core common sense, his defense of theological ethics, and his detailed examination of Whitehead's reformed subjectivist principle. In short, this is an excellent book that could be read with profit by philosophers and theologians generally.— Daniel A. Dombrowski, author of Rawls and Religion: The Case for Political Liberalism

"No one working in the area of process thought will want to miss this major new book by David Ray Griffin."— Donald W. Sherburne, coeditor of Whitehead's Philosophy: Points of Connection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791480304
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 516 KB

Meet the Author

David Ray Griffin is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Religion at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in California. His many books include Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts, also published by SUNY Press.

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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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