|Sent on:||Sunday, December 12, 2010 7:13 PM|
It might be nice to have a conversation on Whitehead sometime. His “Process Philosophy” has radically changing the whole question of what is consciousness and reality and is being reinforced daily by the latest discoveries of modern science, namely that there really are no stable individual “objects” when you really get down to it, only interdependent interactions and relationships which create the illusions we perceive as objects.
Whereas most other philosophies are still stuck in a Newtonian solid-state worldview of unchanging solid “things” and universal truths, Whithead was highly influenced by the developments of both relativity and eastern thought. His ideas have had huge impacts on everything from theology to environmental studies to economics to computer science. I’m no expert, but I think he’s lightyears ahead of the others.
We always felt that after Hegel there need to be some serious consideration how to proceed. Those of you who attended meetings in the last 3-4 months probably felt that we were trying to spend some time on this question. It seems to me that in the recent weeks we got a plan actually. I have updated the NearFuturePlan and FuturePlan files on our web site. The significant addition is to the FuturePlan file describes this plan:
"As of December 2010, just after moving on from Hegel to Kierkegaard we are crystallizing
5 main trends up to the 1950-s that we would like to focus on in the coming years. These
are Existentialism, Analytic Philosophy, Pragmatism, Marxism(and Frankfurt School) and
Utilitarianism. There are other philosophers, Nietzsche for example who are difficult
to put into these or other categories and nevertheless we are also planning to read
some of their works. Also there is a "small trend" the American Transcendentalism that
seems to be in the plan. Other thinkers whose thoughts more profoundly related to
philosophy, Darwin for example, are considered as well."
Please feel free to make your voice heard regarding this plan. I would like to thank to all of you who were attending meetings and contributed to that plan, I think I can give special thank in the name of all of us to John(Butler) for his invaluable guidance.
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