Process Philosophy: A Survey of Basic Issues by Nicholas Rescher

By Nicholas Rescher

Process Philosophy surveys the fundamental concerns and controversies surrounding the philosophical strategy referred to as “process philosophy.” method philosophy perspectives temporality, task, and alter because the cardinal components for our knowing of the real—process has precedence over product, either ontologically and epistemically. Rescher examines the movement’s old origins, reflecting an immense line of inspiration within the paintings of such philosophers as Heracleitus, Leibniz, Bergson, Peirce, William James, and particularly A. N. Whitehead.

Reacting opposed to the tendency to affiliate technique philosophy too heavily with this last-named philosopher, Rescher writes, “Indeed, one cardinal job for the partisans of approach at this actual juncture of philosophical historical past is to avoid the belief of ‘process philosophy’ from being marginalized via a challenge of its bearing to the paintings and effect of anybody unmarried person or group.”

This e-book will entice either scholars and professors of philosophy. these lecturers who've no longer been informed in approach philosophy will welcome this new textual content through one one in all North America’s most appropriate philosophers as a perspicuous and informative introduction.

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Process is rnereologically hornogeneous: a part of a process is itself a process, even as a part of space is spatial or a part of time temporal. In this regard process is like physical substance in that a part of this sort of thing is itself a thing of the same general sort. Furtherrnore, not only do processes come connected, but so do their aspects. Even as in ordinary experience a person immediately focuses on only some feature of a larger complex whole, so in science we focus only on some features of the coherence we study and leave the others aside by an act of abstraction.

Agent-managed processes are in general teleologically productive; they usually issue an intended result of some sort. A process can be represented by a stable artifact: the poem recitation by the printed text, the musical performance by the printed score. However, it takes the intermediation of productive agents to turn such static process representations into actual processes. Taxonomically different sorts of processes can have the same kind of form or structure. Reading the poem to oneself is simply a process of information management.

State-transformative processes are those that merely transform states of affairs in general, paving the way for further processes without issuing particular things or states thereof, for example, windstorms and earthquakes. This distinction is important for present purposes because process philosophy is characterized by its insistence on the fundamentality of transformative processes, with their potential detachment from substantial things. The distinction between owned and unowned processes also plays an important role in process philosophy.

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