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1. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Gordon L. Miller The Intervening Touch of Mentality: Food Seeking in Frogs and Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism
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Prey-catching behavior (PCB) in frogs and toads has been the focus of intense neuroethological research from the mid-twentieth century to the present and epitomizes some major themes in science and philosophy during this period. It reflects the movement from simple reflexology to more complex views of instinctive behavior, but it also displays a neural reductionism that denies subjectivity and individual agency The present article engages contemporary PCB research but provides a philosophically more promising picture of it based on Whitehead's nonreductionist "philosophy of organism," which proposes that the flow of events from stimulus to response in organisms of all kinds is mediated by "the intervening touch of mentality " This approach resolves some basic mind-body and mind-nature issues that have long bedeviled modern philosophy and presents an image of a postmodern frog for a constructively postmodern science.
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2. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Florian Vermeiren Orcid-ID Whitehead and the Immanence of Extension
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The Extensive Continuum is most often seen as an empty form that awaits the accommodation of actuality. Contrary to this popular interpretation, I argue that extension is completely immanent to actual occasions and their prehensive relations. Whitehead's doctrine of internal relations entails that extension cannot be separated from actual occasions, just as actual occasions cannot be separated from extension. To prehend is to extend. Furthermore, any strict separation of form and actuality is shown to bifurcate nature into publicity and privacy. Only with the immanence of extension is nature truly one.
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3. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Veronika Krajickova Virginia Woolf's "Ontoethics" in Her Late Oeuvre from the Perspective of Alfred North Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism
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In "A Sketch of the Past," Virginia Woolf introduces her personal philosophy, her own ontology, based on the idea that all human and nonhuman beings are interconnected in a single work of art. This idea is foregrounded in her novels The Waves, Between the Acts, and the pacifist manifesto Three Guineas, where Woolf fully develops her "ontoethics," which consists in ontological interconnection of human beings and recognition of value of every human and nonhuman being. This article discusses this universal relationality via Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy of organism, which emphasizes the interrelatedness of all constituents of reality and solidarity that springs from this ontological bond.
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special focus section: constructive postmodernism in china
4. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
John B. Cobb, Jr. From Modernity to Ecological Civilization
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This short article was originally delivered as a lecture in China, The article sketches a process view of history from ancient to medieval civilization, to modernity in two major phases, and to the current transition to a constructive postmodern, ecological civilization.
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5. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Daria Dzikevich The Ecological Turn: Constructive Postmodernism and Construction of Ecological Civilization in China
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This article investigates the impact of constructive postmodernism and the idea of a Second Enlightenment in China and on the current ecological situation in that country. The article investigates the theoretical and practical principles of constructive postmodernism and their application to developing a comprehensive and systematic mode of solving environmental problems.
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6. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Attila Grandpierre Can Chinese Harmonism Help Reconcile the Clash of Civilizations?: Reading Zhihe Wang's Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity
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This short article discusses the Chinese concept of harmonism as developed in a book by Zhihe Wang titled Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity. This book develops themes in Whitehead's philosophy as they illuminate the concept of harmonism and constructive postmodernism.
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7. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Donald Viney Richard Rice. The Future of Open Theism: From Antecedents to Opportunities
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8. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 2
Matthew D. Segall Orcid-ID Michael S. Hogue. American Immanence: Democracy for An Uncertain World
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9. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Editor's Notes
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10. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Brecht Govaerts The Animacy of Stone: A Whiteheadian Perspective
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This article undertakes a critical analysis of the adoption of process metaphysics in the field of archaeology and anthropology for the explanation of animism. The field of "new animism" has adopted process metaphysics in order to counter the nineteenth-century definition of animism as epistemological projection toward animism as ontological condition. This shift from epistemology to ontology has the danger of equating animism with process metaphysics as such. By examining the category ofpropositional judgment within Whitehead's metaphysics, I argue that the condition of animism emerges through a judgment of truth, which is aesthetic. It is through Whitehead's integration of propositional judgment within his metaphysical system that one can understand that an ontological approach toward animism is not necessarily opposed to a refiective type of experience.
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11. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Jiran Wang On Hartshorne's Creative Understanding of the Christian View of Love and Its Significance for Comparative Religious Studies
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Charles Hartshorne highlights sympathy as a core element of God's love that is undervalued in Christian theology. A detailed understanding of the relationship between loving God and loving others and loving others as oneself is developed based on God's sympathetic love. A comparison between Hartshorne's sympathetic love and Confucian empathetic ren is possible since both eliminate the estrangement between the subject loving and the subject loved and both expand love to others beyond the limited scope of love in human moral practice.
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12. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Marc A. Pugliese Not with a Ten-Foot Pole?: A Mutually Enriching Dialogue Between Whitehead and Śaṅkara on Causation
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This article brings together Alfred North Whitehead and Śaṅkara, the eminent eighth-century teacher of Advaita Vedanta, in a dialogue on causation. After arguing that comparative philosophical encounter is possible, the article investigates how Whitehead might benefit Śaṅkara in his critique of the Buddhist doctrine of momentariness and how Śaṅkara may assist Whitehead in responding to criticisms of his own doctrine of causation and his critique of Hume.
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13. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Brian Claude Macallan Orcid-ID Freedom as a Centralizing Motif in the Work of Henri Bergson
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Contemporary debates on freedom traverse questions concerning metaphysics, the mind/body relationship, evolution, morality, and religion. Throughout his life, the French philosopher Henri Bergson dealt with these questions from the perspective of time, believing that spatializing these problems led to inadequate solutions. That freedom was a centralizing concern in his oeuvre can be demonstrated in the way he approached these questions in challenging determinism, materialism, mechanism, and finalism. Bergson studies, despite noting the importance of freedom for Bergson, have focussed on intuition and duration as his seminal contributions. Bergson himself never thematized freedom in any specific way, but by working with a positive conception of freedom, as a creation of the new within the fiow of duration, freedom can be seen as a centralizing motif in his work. By clarifying the nature of freedom and its centrality, the ground can be cleared for a Bergsonian intervention into contemporary debates on freedom.
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14. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Noel Boulting The God of Religion and the God of Philosophy Debate Revisited: Hartshorne, Peirce, and Weil
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This article explores the relationship between "the God of religion" and "the God of philosophy" via four key concepts: existence, actuality, reality, and mystical experience. The exploration of these key concepts relies heavily on the thought of Charles Hartshorne, but it also relies on crucial insights from Charles Sanders Peirce and Simone Weil.
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15. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Carey R. Carlson A Frequency Ratio Account of Temporal Atomism
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This article examines the time duration of individual occasions in the light of the discovery that temporal succession produces frequency ratios. The frequency ratios are used to define energy ratios and the quantum. The manifold and the common particles are constructed graphically using the arrows of time, with the mass-ratios of the particles derivable from the graphs. The formal reduction of physics to time compels us to adopt Whitehead's conception of the physical universe as occasions of experience engaged in temporal/causal succession. The relative duration of the constituent occasions of the particles are determined by their graphs. In the final section, a refined account of the mind-brain interaction sequence confirms the duration of a human occasion as one tenth of a second.
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16. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Joel D. Daniels Orcid-ID Strategically Opposing Injustice: A Feminist Approach to John Cobb's and James Cone's Theologies
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In this article, a proposal for Christian theology is constructed in relation to racial injustice. This proposal involves "strategic essentialism," which is informed by feminist theory. This proposal will be explored in light of the views of John Cobb and James Cone.
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17. Process Studies: Volume > 50 > Issue: 1
Daniel Dombrowski Franklin Gamwell, On Metaphysical Necessity: Essays on God, the World, Morality, and Democracy
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18. Process Studies: Volume > 49 > Issue: 2
Roland Faber Whitehead's God and the Bahἄí Concept of the Manifestation of God
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This article continues a long history within process thought of multi-religious engagement and analysis of the concept of God. Specifically, this article will move beyond the classical "big five" religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism so as to explore in detail the relationship between Whitehead's philosophy/theology and several thinkers and concepts in the Bahἄí faith, especially the concept of the "Manifestation" of God.
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19. Process Studies: Volume > 49 > Issue: 2
Dwayne Schulz Progress and Civilization in Whitehead
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This article is an attempt to analyze and criticize, both positively and negatively. Whitehead's concept of progress. Whitehead's progressive cosmology is critically examined, as is the relationship between technology and moral progress. The fragility of progress is emphasized.
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20. Process Studies: Volume > 49 > Issue: 2
J. Edward Hackett The Process-Oriented Conception of Truth in William James
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In this article, I argue that William Jamess concept of truth can be interpreted accurately if we pay attention to the radical empiricism that underlines the notion in all of James's later writings and if we also see radical empiricism as a type of process thought. When we acknowledge these two conditions, we can see how Cheryl Misak is mistaken in reinscribing subjectivism back into Jamess radical empiricism, which attempted to overcome the subject-object distinction in the first place. In reading James through radical empiricism qua process philosophy, then, the background assumptions of James are set into relief yielding a deeper and richer conception of truth.
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