Process Philosophy and Theology: Whitehead and Hartshorne

T.L.S. Sprigge

in The God of Metaphysics

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199283040
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603662 | DOI:
                   Process Philosophy and Theology: Whitehead and Hartshorne

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Whitehead and Hartshorne are considered the founding fathers of process philosophy as a fully worked out metaphysic. Both believe that the basic stuff of the world is experience, which comes into being in what William James called ‘drops of experience’ or ‘momentary experiential wholes’. Both believe that each such momentary whole prehends earlier such wholes, and makes itself into a unitary reality with these prehended past wholes as its raw material. They also believe that creativity is a basic feature of reality. Their views on process theology, proofs of God’s existence, and ethics are discussed.

Keywords: Whitehead; Hartshorne; process philosophy; God; occasion; causation; science; panpsychism; process theology

Chapter.  28118 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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