Process philosophy is fundamentally a metaphysical position. Its doctrine is that the universe is essentially to be understood not as substance and causality, as in the Cartesian tradition, but as process and creativity. Since the publication of the first edition of Philosophers of Process, interest in American Pragmatism - particularly Peirce and Dewey - has continued to grow. In addition, there is another group whose interest is more straightforwardly metaphysical. The interests of this group tend toward the works of Whitehead, Hartshorne, and sometimes Bergson and James. Between these two groups there are quite a number of philosophers interested in teaching process metaphysics on both the undergraduate and graduate level. This book is intended to fill the need for a single volume of primary texts in this area.
Douglas Browning is a Professor of Philosophy at University of Texas, Austin. William Myers is a Professor of Philosophy, Division of Humanities, at Birmingham-Southern College.
Charles Sanders Peirce. The Architecture of Theories. The Doctrine of Necessity Examined. The Law of Mind. Man's Glassy Essence - William James. The Dilemma of Determinism. The Stream and Consciousness. The Problem of Novelty - Friedrich Nietszche. "Reason" in Philosophy. The Four Great Errors - Samuel Alexander. Natural Piety. - Henry Bergson. The Idea of Duration. The Possible and the Real - John Dewey. Qualitative Thought. Time and Individuality. Existence as Precarious and Stable. Nature, Life and Body-Mind - Alfred North Whitehead. Critique of Scientific Materialism Process. Fact and Form. Objects and Subjects. The Grouping of Occasions - George Herbert Mead. The Present as the Locus of Reality. The Genesis of the Self and Social Control - Charles Hartshorne. The Development of Process Philosophy. A World of Organisms. Chance, Love and Incompatibility