Bergson and Whitehead

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
Bergson and Whitehead

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This chapter considers arguments for the doctrine that the world consists not of solid, substantial things, but of processes, come together. In the ordinary conception of the natural world there is much that takes the form of distinct and persistent things. But much too consists of stuff, without definite shape or identity through time. However, some stuff can be perceived to be composed of things and all of it, if chemistry is to be trusted, is made up of entities that are at least thing-like. Is the prominent position of solid things in our ordinary conception of the world significant? If there really were no such solid things, as process philosophers contend, would it matter?

Keywords: process philosophy; world; solid things; stuff

Chapter.  6539 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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