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The quantum of explanation : Whitehead's radical empiricism

Author: Randall E Auxier
Publisher: New York : Routledge, Taylor Francis Group, 2017.
Series: Routledge studies in American philosophy, 9.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Quantum of Explanation advances a bold new theory of how explanation ought to be understood in philosophical and cosmological inquiries. Using a complete interpretation of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophical and mathematical writings and an interpretive structure that is essentially new, Auxier and Herstein argue that Whitehead has never been properly understood, nor has the depth and breadth of his  Read more...
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Named Person: Alfred North Whitehead; Alfred North Whitehead; Alfred North Whitehead
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randall E Auxier
ISBN: 9781138700161 1138700169
OCLC Number: 962325996
Description: xiv, 370 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Reading Whitehead --
Whitehead's radical empiricism --
The logic in metaphysics --
The quantum of explanation --
Extensive connectedness (the metaphysics in logic) --
The principle of relativity --
Genetic and coordinate division and divisibility --
The problem of possibility --
The algebra of negative prehension --
The nature of naturalism --
Synoptic pluralism & the problem of Whiteheadian theology --
Possibility and God --
God's mortal soul.
Series Title: Routledge studies in American philosophy, 9.
Responsibility: Randall E. Auxier and Gary L. Herstein.

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"The Quantum of Explanation advances a bold new theory of how explanation ought to be understood in philosophical and cosmological inquiries. Using a complete interpretation of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophical and mathematical writings and an interpretive structure that is essentially new, Auxier and Herstein argue that Whitehead has never been properly understood, nor has the depth and breadth of his contribution to the human search for knowledge been assimilated by his successors. This important book effectively applies Whitehead's philosophy to problems in the interpretation of science, empirical knowledge, and nature. It develops a new account of philosophical naturalism that will contribute to the current naturalism debate in both Analytic and Continental philosophy. Auxier and Herstein also draw attention to some of the most important differences between the process theology tradition and Whitehead's thought, arguing in favor of a Whiteheadian naturalism that is more or less independent of theological concerns. This book offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to Whitehead's philosophy and is an essential resource for students and scholars interested in American philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics and physics, and issues associated with naturalism, explanation and radical empiricism"--The publisher.

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