Whitehead and Bradley: A Comparative Analysis

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SUNY Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 213 pages
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In his magnum opus, Process and Reality, Alfred North Whitehead claims a special affinity to Oxford philosopher Francis Herbert Bradley. McHenry clarifies exactly how much of Whitehead's metaphysics is influenced by and accords with the main principles of Bradley's "absolute idealism." He argues that many of Whitehead's doctrines cannot be understood without an adequate understanding of Bradley, in terms of both affinities and contrasts. He evaluates the arguments between them and explores several important connections with William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, Bertrand Russell, and Charles Hartshorne.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
IDEALISM AND REALISM
3
WHITEHEADS PROCESS REALISM AND PHILOSOPHICAL METHOD
5
BRADLEYS ABSOLUTE AND THE SKEPTICAL METHOD
11
The Metaphysics of Experience
21
PANPSYCHISM
22
BRADLEYS FINITE CENTRES OF EXPERIENCE
28
WHITEHEADS ACTUAL OCCASIONS
37
EXTENSIVE RELATIONS AND ABSTRACTION
93
Extension and WholePart Relations
103
COSMOLOGICAL OUTLOOK
111
TRANSMUTATION AND THE THEORY OF SOCIETY
115
COSMIC EPOCHS AND THE ABSOLUTE
123
Time
131
THE ETERNALISTIC THEORY OF TIME
137
REPLIES TO SOME OBJECTIONS TO WHITEHEAD
144

The Analysis of Experience
47
THE SPECIOUS PRESENT
49
GENETIC ANALYSIS AND THE COMPONENT ELEMENTS
58
WHITEHEADS INTERPRETATION OF BRADLEY
68
Internal and External Relations
73
BRADLEY ON RELATION AND CONTRADICTION
74
CONCRETE RELATEDNESS AND PREHENSION
78
SYMMETRICAL AND ASYMMETRICAL RELATIONS
87
God and the Absolute
155
THE CONSEQUENT NATURE OF GOD
159
Epilogue
169
ABBREVIATIONS OF WHITEHEADS MAJOR WORKS
171
NOTES
175
BIBLIOGRAPHY
195
INDEX
205
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Leemon B. McHenry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University

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