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Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whiteheadian Process Philosophy

David Ray Griffin

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199540891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whiteheadian Process Philosophy

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The task of harmonizing scientific and religious thought is at the heart of the version of process philosophy developed by Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947). Philosophy ‘attains its chief importance’, Whitehead said, by fusing science and religion ‘into one rational scheme of thought’. The basic method for overcoming the apparent conflicts, he held, is to show that science and religion can be harmonized within a philosophical cosmology that exemplifies the standard philosophical criteria of excellence: adequacy and self-consistency. As this article indicates, a theory of evolution based on naturalism would provide a middle way between the extremes of neo-Darwinism and creationism.

Keywords: Alfred North Whitehead; naturalism; Darwinism; science; religion; creationism; evolutionary theory

Article.  8051 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Philosophy of Religion

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