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Volume 42, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2013

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Daniel Dombrowski Editor's Notes
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Pierfrancesco Basile Creativity, Philosophy, and the Good: Dewey’s Critique of Whitehead’s Metaphysics
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Whitehead and Dewey called for a deep reform of philosophy. Although they respected one another, Dewey can be read as criticizing Whitehead for hisadherence to a traditional, and unfortunately conservative, way of conceiving of the discipline. This article provides an in-depth reconstruction as well as a qualified defense of Dewey’s charge.
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Lewis S. Ford Transcendent Creativity
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Immanent creativity activates the concrescence of each actual occasion. Transcendent creativity lies beyond all occasions and is the sourceof their creativity. God, here conceived as purely temporal, is the subjectivity of transcendent creativity.
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John H. Buchanan The Depths of Compassion
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Some notion ofcompassion must play a central role in conceiving of a true process psychology. In Whitehead’s metaphysics, “feeling the feelings of others” is how reality itself is constructed. By placing primitive feeling at the heart ofperception, experience, and the nature of reality, process philosophy helps psychology envision compassion as a way of connecting directly to the depths of others, of nature, and of ourselves. This paper focuses on some deeper experiences of compassion, as elucidated by transpersonal psychology, and how these spiritual experiences might be accessed and utilized in these challenging times.
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Joseph A. Bracken Actual Entities and Socities, Gene Mutations and Cell Development: Implications for a New World View
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A superposition of the field ofmeaning or set of concepts proper to process philosophy and theology upon the field ofmeaning proper to contemporary biology (in what Mary Gerhart and Allan Russell call “metaphoric process”) yields some interesting results for both disciplines. Gene mutations within cells can be philosophically explained as a society of actual entities deviating from the normal pattern ofdevelopment within the structured society proper to a cell and the different genes at work in it. The notion of supervenience or emergence within biology confirms that developing organisms exercise a form of causation upon their ultimate constituents (actual entities) that is more than and quite different from what these constituents produce on their own through bottom-up causation from moment to moment.
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Rem B. Edwards God as a Single Processing Actual Entity
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This article defends Marjorie Suchocki’s position against two main objections raised by David E. Conner. Conner objects that God as a single actual entity (affirmed by Suchocki) must be temporal because there is succession in God’s experience ofthe world. The reply is that time involves at least two successive occasions separated by perishing, but in God nothing ever perishes. Conner also objects that Suchocki’s personalistic process theism is not experiential but is instead theoretical (based on what Whitehead says in Part V of PR) and not definitive. The reply is that his dismissal of Part V of PR is arbitrary, the interpretation of all experience is theoretical, and no metaphysical interpretations are absolutely definitive, including PR as a whole. Also, Conner ignores religious experience.
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Eleonora Mingarelli Is Personal Identity Something That Does Not Matter? An Inquiry into Derek Parfit and Alfred N. Whitehead
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The purpose of the present article is to disentangle both Parfit’s and Whitehead’s views on personal identity. Issues regarding what it means to be a singular individual, how a person can remain the same over time, and what makes an individual an original being with specific characteristics will be examined.
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Timothy Murphy The Pacifism of Duane Friesen: Engaged Realism, Process Thought, and Critical Assessment
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This paper reviews Duane Friesen’s version of pacifism, particularly his realist approach, his demand for political engagement, and his proactive peacemaking stance. Second, it demonstrates his connections with process thought, especially around notions of ordered novelty and contrasts, the nonviolence of God, and eschatological openness. It provides three areas of critique and suggests alternatives, specifically concerning Friesen’s Christology, his notion ofrevelation, and his commitment to religious pluralism. This paper offers a form of pacifism for radical mainline Christians who would otherwise be hesitant concerning some of Friesen’s theological presuppositions. The paper endeavors to show Friesen’s general compatibility with process philosophical commitments, thus furthering the conversation with process theologians who remain skeptical of pacifist commitments.
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Thomas M. Dicken Whitehead, Trauma, and the Presence of God
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I seek in this paper to explore what might be meant by “the presence of God.” The sense of God’s presence, which never disappeared from the lives of many people, seems to be emerging quietly in the work of serious thinkers. Sometimes other terms, such as “spirit” or even “face,” hint at the issue. In later sections, I discuss the relevance of this issue to the thought of Alfred North Whitehead and others influenced by him. Finally, I discuss the reality of trauma in human life and its implications for Whiteheadian thought and thought about the presence of God.I explore the sense we have ofpresence, something different from mind or body or objects or consciousness. (1) We become aware of our own presence in the world and the unique and irreplaceable sense we have of our own presence. (2) We become aware that sometimes we are more intensely present to other people than is normally the case. Then we begin to sense occasions when the other person becomes more intensely present to us. (3) Some people search for a cosmic presence, hoping perhaps that we are not ultimately alone.
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Nathan Greeley Richard Campbell. “A Process Based Model for an Interactive Ontology”
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James Rogers Philip Clayton. “Reclaiming Liberal Faith: Toward a Renewed Theology of Integration”
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Jon Ivan Gill Erin Manning. “Propositions for the Verge: William Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects”
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Wm. Andrew Schwartz Freya Mathews. “A Contemporary Metaphysical Controversy”
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Vincent Calabrese Scott Sinclair. “William James as American Plato?”
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Lidiya Potapenko James Williams. “The Need for Metaphysics: On the Categories of Explanation in Process and Reality”
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Ramón Cisneros-Ruelas Robert E. Wood. “Five Bodies—and a Sixth: On the Place of Awareness in the Cosmos”
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