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Thinking with Whitehead and the American Pragmatists

Experience and Reality

Edited by Brian G. Henning; William T. Myers and Joseph D. John - Contributions by George Allan; Steven Meyer; Thomas M. Jeannot; Nancy Frankenberry; Scott Sinclair; Maria Regina Brioschi; Michael Brady; Nicholas Gaskill; Eleonora Mingarelli; Vincent M. Colapietro and Jude Jones

Despite there being deep lines of convergence between the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead, C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and other classical American philosophers, it remains an open question whether Whitehead is a pragmatist, and conversation between pragmatists and Whitehead scholars have been limited. Indeed, it is difficult to find an anthology of classical American philosophy that includes Whitehead’s writings. These camps began separately, and so they remain. This volume questions the wisdom of that separation, exploring their connections, both historical and in application. The essays in this volume embody original and creative work by leading scholars that not only furthers the understanding of American philosophy, but seeks to advance it by working at the intersection of experience and reality to incite novel and creative thought. This exploration is long overdue. Specific questions that are addressed are: Is Whitehead a pragmatist? What contrasts and affinities exist between American pragmatism and Whitehead’s thought? What new questions, strategies, and critiques emerge by juxtaposing their distinct perspectives? « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 272Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-9031-9 • Hardback • April 2015 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-7391-9032-6 • eBook • April 2015 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
Brian G. Henning is professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University.

William T. Myers is professor of philosophy at Birmingham-Southern College.

Joseph D. John is a PhD candidate at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
1 Is Whitehead a Pragmatist? On the Pragmatic Elements in Whitehead’s Metaphysics, William T. Myers
2 Ultimate Good Sense: Whitehead’s Ontological Fallibilism,
George Allan
3 Whitehead’s Pragmatic Epistemology,
Joseph D. John
4 Prefiguring Whitehead: Reading Jamesian Pragmatism with Stengers and Latour,
Steven Meyer
5 Whitehead’s Speculative Contribution to Praxis: Praxis and American Philosophy,
Thomas M. Jeannot
6 Contingency All the Way Down: Whitehead Among the Pragmatists,
Nancy Frankenberry
7 Whitehead’s “Rescue” of American Anti-Intellectualism: The Question of Pragmatism,
Scott Sinclair
8 Surprise, Event, and the Problem of Novelty: A Comparison Between C. S. Peirce and A. N. Whitehead,
Maria Regina Brioschi
9 Creative Love: Eros and Agape in Peirce and Whitehead,
Brian G. Henning
10 DNA: A Process View,
Michael Brady
11 The Habit of Art: Whitehead, Aesthetics, and Pragmatism,
Nicholas Gaskill
12 A Pragmatic Interpretation of Whitehead’s Analysis of Religious Experience,
Eleonora Mingarelli
13 Transition, Transmutation, and Transfiguration: Notes for a Poetics of Experience,
Vincent Colapietro
14 Feeling Forming Forward: Ecstasis and Experience in Process-Pragmatic Perspective,
Jude Jones
Thinking with Whitehead and the American Pragmatists counters the growing silence between Whiteheadian process philosophy and pragmatism, seeking to liberate both from self-imposed narrowness. The essays by fourteen scholars take on a range of probing topics and in so doing also expose the richness of ideas yet to be explored. Each essay opens up a conversation worth having. I hope this volume helps revive the speculative pulse in American philosophy.
Thomas M. Alexander, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

The intellectual fortunes of the classical American pragmatism of Peirce, James, and Dewey and of the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead are on the upswing today, after a long period of neglect and then the invention of neo-pragmatism and the turn of process thought to Hartshornean lines. This wonderful volume calls attention to the affinities, divergences, and often unnoticed mutual influences of pragmatism and Whitehead. Largely though not entirely the work of younger scholars, these essays come at the process-pragmatism double-helix from many fascinating angles. It deserves to be read by anyone promoting pragmatism or process philosophy, as well as by their opponents!
Robert C. Neville, Boston University

Welcome, indeed, is this series of trenchant essays, reinvigorating the presence, the depth, and the wide-ranging importance of the philosophy of A.N. Whitehead. Wise and helpful also, is the forging of major connections between Whitehead and the rich traditions of the Classical American philosophers, especially with the philosophy of William James.
John J. McDermott, Texas A&M University