The Emergence of Whitehead's Metaphysics, 1925-1929

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SUNY Press, 1984 - Philosophy - 351 pages
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A breathtaking detective story, this book charts the adventure of Whitehead's ideas in a remarkably detailed and careful reconstruction of his metaphysical views. Incorporating heretofore unpublished material from students' notes and correspondence, Professor Ford analyzes the order of composition of various portions of Whitehead's books, principally Science and the Modern World, Religion in the Making, and Process and Reality.

Ford's reconstructive method is perfectly tailored to his subject, for Whitehead revised by inserting new material rather than altering or deleting the old. Thus Ford is able to date the sequence of the composition of many passages. In distinguishing these layers of articulation, he has pushed the techniques of "higher criticism" beyond anything the French structuralists and deconstructionists have dreamed of and chronicled an extraordinary intellectual biography.
 

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blessed love,am quite taken back by the way the writer choose to express himself,i see religion as a leviathan though,trying to copy our loss history and claim it as religion,what is religion anyways,(a form to keep the masses oblivious as to what is going on them,but as i said once before you can never take the swine from a pig.who are spiritually incline would always know the truth,those in the mental prison would always remain,i really enjoyed reading the book anyways,and i will keep reading on and on,until i am finally free,from physical and mental,also emotional bondage,blessed love to the writer.may the omnipresent creator guide your hands always,and always give mum and dad the glory(the inverted & exverted)that really makes up who we are as a people we are the the all,we are one people.i am that iam,,blessed love,(Kostallanetz evans) 

Contents

The Composition of Science and the Modern World
1
1 Basic Characteristics of the Later Philosophy
2
2 The Four Layers of Science and the Modern World
5
3 Endurance and Vibration
13
The First Metaphysical Synthesis
22
2 Subjectivity and Consciousness in the Harvard Lectures of April 1925
45
The Emergence of Temporal Atomicity
51
1 The Early Argument
54
8 Abstraction vs Concretion
120
Religion in the Making
126
1 The Metaphysics of Pluralism
127
2 Religion and Dogma
133
3 God as a Formative Element
137
4 Religion in the Making and the Consequent Nature of God
140
Wiemans Development of Whiteheads Idea of God
147
The Metaphysics of 192627
151

2 Critical Evaluation
62
The Chapter on Abstraction
66
1 Eternal Objects Immanent and Transcendent
67
2 Anticipations in the Harvard Lectures
70
3 Metaphysical Criteria Modes of Ingression and Grades of Entry
72
4 The Realm of Possibility
76
5 Sherburnes Analysis
78
6 Individual and Relational Essences
80
7 Abstractive Hierarchies
82
8 The Superject
86
9 Aesthetic Synthesis and Superject in the Later Philosophy
88
10 Incipient Panpsychism
89
11 Note on Pythagoreanism
91
The Chapter on God
96
2 The Introduction of God
101
3 The Nature of Religion
107
4 The Triple Envisagement
109
5 The Principle of Limitation
113
6 The Three Forms of Limitation
116
7 The Ontological Status of God
119
1 The Metaphysics of Fall 1926
152
2 The Metaphysical Principles Compared
162
3 The March 1927 Propositions
168
The Giffords Draft
177
1 The Early Contents of Process and Reality
180
2 Some Distinctive Characteristics of the Giffords Draft
189
3 Possible Transitions Within the Giffords Draft
198
The Final Revisions
211
Recapitulation
245
2 The Composition of Process and Reality
251
The Harvard Lectures for 192425
262
Time September 1926
303
The Harvard Lectures for the Fall of 1926
309
The Metaphysical Scheme of March 1927
317
The Metaphysical Principles of October 1927
323
The Prospectus for the Gifford Lectures
325
Index of Proper Names
329
General Index
333
Citation Index
343
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Lewis S. Ford is Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University and author of The Lure of God: Biblical Background for Process Philosophy and over sixty articles in his field. Editor of Process Studies since 1971, he has also edited Two Process Philosophers: Hartshorne's Encounter with Whitehead.

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