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  Process Philosophy
Like American philosophy in general, process philosophy is too complex and diversified an enterprise to be captured or even dominated by any one school of thought; it is a highly diversified manifold that encompasses tendencies of thought representing a wide variety of sources.
Process metaphysics envisions a limit to determinism that makes room for creative spontaneity and novelty in the world (be it by way of random mutations with naturalistic processists or purposeful innovation with those who incline to a theologically teleological position).
Process theology accordingly contemplates a wider realm of processes that embrace both the natural and the spiritual realms and interconnect God with the vast community of worshippers in one communal state of macroprocess that encompasses and gives embodiment to such a comprehensive whole.
www.seop.leeds.ac.uk /archives/spr2003/entries/process-philosophy   (7704 words)

 Process Philosophy and the New Thought Movement
Process philosophy, or process theology, or simply process thought, is an outlook with roots that go as far back as the thought of Heraclitus in the West and Buddhism in the East, but the most prominent philosopher in developing its present form was Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).
The terms panexperientialism, process philosophy, process theology, process thought, and the name used by Alfred North Whitehead for his philosophy, the philosophy of organism, all are used more or less synonymously for the essence of the outlook largely shared by Whitehead, Hartshorne, and many thinkers who follow their lead.
Process New Thought is New Thought minus any instances of the fallacy of misplaced concreteness such as notions of changeless (non-growing) impersonal God, enduring substance, changeless and/or active law, and with the addition of insights from such thinkers as Whitehead and Hartshorne.
websyte.com /alan/process.htm   (1956 words)

 Everything is Permuted / Process Philosophy resource page
Association for Process Philosophy of Education The APPE focuses on applications of process philosophy to education.
Process Forum Launched in January 2004 by the Center for Process Studies, this is an on-line message-board focusing on a range of process/Whitehead related areas.
Philosophy of Art Weblog A group weblog on philosophy of art and its various relationships to mind, ethics, and culture.
www.permuted.org.uk /pro-web.htm   (977 words)

 On Situating Process Philosophy
A process is a sequentially structured sequence of successive stages or phases which themselves are types of events or occurrences (in the case of an abstract process) or definite realizations of such types (in the case of a concrete process).
There are, accordingly, three principal ways of classifying processes: (1) by the character of the sequential structure at issue, (2) by the type of subject-matter concerned in the way in which this character is realized, and (3) by the nature of the end-result to which the process tends.
The long and short of it is that process philosophy covers too vast a range to belong to one side or the other of this divide: it is too big to be owned as an exclusive possession of any one particular philosophical approach or tendency.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=2987   (2563 words)

 Process Theism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Whitehead's preferred expression for his metaphysical viewpoint is “the philosophy of organism.” This article concerns primarily the concept of God in process theism, although we shall conclude with a brief discussion of arguments for the existence of God in process thought and a note on the historical influences on process theism.
Process philosophy, modifying a statement from Plato's Sophist (247e), affirms that the most concrete real beings — in Whitehead's language, actual entities — are characterized by the power to act and to be acted upon (Plato says real beings act or are acted upon).
Process thought raises the question — and answers it in the affirmative — whether a world with a probability, not merely a possibility, of genuine good and evil is preferable to a world without it.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/process-theism   (20867 words)

 Process philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Process philosophy reverses this trend, favoring "Becoming" over "Being" and "Non-being" which logically follows from Being, that is to say, it does not characterize change as illusory but as the cornerstone of metaphysical reality, or ontology.
Process philosophy was not neglected during The Enlightenment but was often ignored as an attribute or element of more explicit ontology.
Process philosophy is also believed to have influenced some 20th century modernists, such as D.H. Lawrence, William Faulkner and Charles Olson.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Process_philosophy   (1951 words)

 Process and Emptiness: A Comparison of Whitehead and Buddhism
Whitehead calls the process of unification a concrescence of prehensions, where prehensions are the ways in which other entities are taken in by, and felt within the entity, and where the concrescence is the creative process of pulling together these diverse prehensions of other actual entities into a novel, organic unity.
As Whitehead explains, “the creative process is rhythmic: it swings from the publicity of many things to the individual privacy; and it swings back from the private individual to the publicity of the objectified individual.
Buddhist philosophy is formulated as a means to the end of liberation from suffering, and not as a final dogmatic metaphysical system.
www.integralscience.org /whiteheadbuddhism.html   (4991 words)

Process theism is a twentieth-century school of theological thought that offers a nonclassical understanding of the relationship between God and the world.
Process theists, in contrast, maintain that God and the basic material out of which the rest of reality is composed are coeternal.
If process theists decide that God would do so, it then becomes difficult to see how they can justifiably maintain (as many do) that coercion is morally incompatible with divine perfection (as Ford 1978 says), or that persuasion is the greatest of all powers, the only power capable of worthwhile results (as Cobb 1976 says).
members.aol.com /NeoNoetics/Process_Theism.html   (3306 words)

 sociology - Process
A process may be identified by the changes it creates in the properties of one or more objects under its influence.
In philosophy and systems theory, basic processes, or logical homologies as they were termed by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, are unifying principles which operate in many different systemic contexts.
In SSADM a process is a part of a data flow diagram, and represents an action performed on the data.
www.aboutsociology.com /sociology/Process   (601 words)

 The Center for Process Studies: The Center for Process Studies
The Center for Process Studies is a research center of Claremont School of Theology, and affiliated with Claremont Graduate University.
Process thought is based on the work of philosophers Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, two contemporary examples of a longstanding philosophical tradition that emphasizes becoming and change over static being.
Process thought offers an approach to the social, political, and economic order that brings issues of human justice together with a concern for ecology.
www.ctr4process.org   (249 words)

 Process theology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Process theology (also known as neoclassical theology) is a school of thought influenced by the metaphysical process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947).
Process theology is unrelated to the Process Church.
Process theology soon influenced a number of Jewish theologians including Australian philosopher Samuel Alexander (1859-1938), and Rabbis Max Kaddushin, Milton Steinberg and Levi A. Olan, Harry Slominsky and to a lesser degree, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Process_theology   (822 words)

 Process philosophy, Buddhism and the immaterial mind
Transcendental philosophies claim that physical matter or processes are inadequate to explain the universe, in particular the activities of the human mind and its products.
Mechanistic process philosophy is usually called 'physicalism' as distinct from the non-process materialism of earlier centuries.
There is some evidence that Druidry was a transcendental process philosophy, but I have never seen any Druid critiques of physicalism.
www.aboutulverston.co.uk /celts/processphilosophy.htm   (1375 words)

 Association for Process Philosophy of Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The news, articles, essays, and announcements on these pages are influenced by the process philosophies of Henri Bergson, John Dewey, and Alfred North Whitehead —; and by the work of contemporary philosophers and educators who have explored the relevance of these ideas for educational theory and practice.
Process philosophy of education is frequently described as being holistic and relational.
May this and future visits to our site serve to introduce you to process philosophy of education and the process philosophy perspective associated with it.
www.apped.org   (267 words)

 International Process Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The purpose of this 2007 Conference on Creativity and Process is to offer an open forum for significant communications between the main schools of traditional Chinese philosophy and their contemporary Western spiritual comrades in Process Philosophy.
In the main, they found Whitehead and Process Philosophy highly appealing to the Chinese mind; they saw it providing a highly feasible meeting ground and a promising agenda for the East-West dialogue in comparative philosophy, especially comparative studies of the philosophy of the Book of Changes, Hua-yan Buddhism and Whitehead.
Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy is one of the most creative and promising approaches developed in the 20th century.
www.processnetwork.org   (1175 words)

 Process Philosophy and Christian Thought
He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Anderson College, and Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the School of Theology.
The historical development of process philosophy in the field of theology, and a survey the main thinkers’ emphases.
Meland traces the growing influence of Whitehead’s philosophy on the images of thought both in modernism as stimulated by Darwinian evolution, and changes in the post-Darwinian era ushered in by the creative evolution movement in physics.
www.religion-online.org /showbook.asp?title=2298   (1090 words)

 Biography of Alfred North Whitehead
In contrast to traditional philosophies, he asserted the essential inter-relationship of matter, space, and time; that objects may be understood as a series of events and processes.
This concept was elaborated further in his book Process and Reality (1929) to assert that the process of becoming, what he calls an actual occasion, rather than substance, constituted the fundamental metaphysical constituent of the universe.
This was the genesis of the school of Process Philosophy which later influenced what has become to be known as Process New Thought.
alfrednorthwhitehead.wwwhubs.com   (478 words)

 Chapter 6, Physics and Process Philosophy, T   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Any autocatalytic process can be the basis of a 'clock reaction' ¾ a reaction that appears quiescent for a long period of time, and then bursts into activity ¾ a solution changes color rapidly after a time without apparent change,  or, a haystack suddenly bursts into flame.
The signal is generated by the unit-determining closure of the regulatory network that defines a dissipative structure composed of processes in the brain, and the information that is transmitted results from subtle alteration in the parameters that control that oscillation.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Second Summer Symposium on the Philosophy of Chemistry of the  International Society for  the Philosophy of Chemistry, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, England,  August 3-7, 1998 and (in absentia) at the Silver Anniversary Whitehead Conference, The Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA.
www.georgetown.edu /faculty/earleyj/constraints.htm   (4354 words)

 Process Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
(Indeed, as we shall see, it is theoretically possible to reconceptualize material bodies as complexes of physical processes, while the reverse -- the general reconceptualization of physical processes as complexes of material objects -- is just not all that plausible (the "Reism" or "Concretism" of Kotarbiński and of the later Brentano notwithstanding).)
Lucas, George R. Jr., Two View of Freedom in Process Thought: A Study of Hegel and Whitehead (Missoula, MT: Scholar's Press, 1979).
Process Philosophy Bibliography (Ronald Tobey, History, UC/Riverside) -->
plato.stanford.edu /entries/process-philosophy   (7709 words)

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