Whitehead’s Philosophy and the Deep Ecology Movement

Clare Palmer

in Environmental Ethics and Process Thinking

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269526
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683664 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Whitehead’s Philosophy and the Deep Ecology Movement

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Up until now, process thinking is often compared with environmental ethical approaches that have made relatively little comment on process thought. In this chapter, process thinking will be compared with deep ecology since this emphasizes not only environmental ethics but also metaphysics. Deep ecologists have made a wide variety of claims regarding process thinking, and yet there is a void where Whitehead becomes involved. There are a number of possible explanations for using Whitehead's name as a philosophical tag. For one, the Whiteheadian system may be self-enclosed that providing a detailed consideration may be very difficult if not impossible. Also, the relation of Whitehead's process philosophy of deep ecology is found to be complex and ambiguous. In this chapter, we focus on examining the features of the said complex relationship.

Keywords: environmental ethics; deep ecology; metaphysics; Whitehead; Whiteheadian system; process philosophy

Chapter.  18998 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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