Friday, August 19, 2011

Wisconsin travel blog (post 2)

Wisconsin is AMAZING. A nature lover's dream come true (esp Boulder Junction, Wildcat Mountain, Nicolet National Forest, and Black River State Forest). More soon ...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hartshorne on internal and external relations

Charles Hartshorne has defined his philosophy as the "social view of reality." Elsewhere he has termed it "Realistic Idealism." Two fundamental principles underlie this philosophy: the plurality of events and the primacy of subjectivity or inclusion. Intrinsic to these principles are Hartshorne’s view of internal and external relations.

Read the article HERE.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Whitehead's God and powers: a response to "subjectalism"

The shift is from the human (anthropological) to the object (cosmological), wherein "subjectivity" (potency, powers) may be identified but never exhausted. "The subjectivity in question here is, of course, not only human subjectivity but the subjectivity of every actual occasion constituting all the things of this world."

Corrington's critique of process theism

Whitehead and the Question of God

Is God indispensable to Whitehead's metaphysics? The following article attempts to answer that question (pp. 666-669) as well as clarify Whitehead's relationship to Catholicism.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Whitehead's concept of importance and James' "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings"

"Wherever a process of life communicates an eagerness to him who lives it, there the life becomes genuinely significant. Sometimes the eagerness is more knit up with the motor activities, sometimes with the perceptions, sometimes with the imagination, sometimes with reflective thought. But, wherever it is found, there is the zest, the tingle, the excitement of reality; and there is 'importance' in the only real and positive sense in which importance ever anywhere can be." 

- William James, "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings"

"Whitehead on the Concept of 'Importance'" by Ross Stanway; published in Process Studies Vol. 21, No. 4 (1992):  235-249.