Alfred North Whitehead’s Philosophy of Organism
June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us for the fourth in our new series of free monthly talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre.
For this talk we’re delighted to welcome Matthew D. Segall.
This talk introduces Alfred North Whitehead’s “Philosophy of Organism,” a novel metaphysical scheme that he articulated in the first half of the twentieth century not only as a protest against the lifeless Nature imagined by scientific materialism, but also as a rejection of the narrow linguistic analysis and sterile logical positivism of his philosophical contemporaries. His was an attempt to make natural science philosophical again by asking whether physical causes and motions need be so violently segregated from the conscious reasons and emotions by which we apprehend them. We will explore the major themes of his magnum opus, Process & Reality, wherein Whitehead attempts to construct an organic system of the universe that not only brings quantum and relativity theories into coherence, but gathers up scientific truths, aesthetic feelings, and religious values into an integral vision of reality.