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Process-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead

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Process thought is the foundation for studies in many areas of contemporary philosophy, theology, political theory, educational theory, and the religion-science dialogue. It is derived from Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy, known as process theology, which lays a groundwork for integrating evolutionary biology, physics, philosophy of mind, theology, environmental ethics ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Templeton Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mesle's introduction to Whitehead's process philosophy is a particularly engaging and meaningful introduction that clearly takes learning and engagement with a reader who may be particularly new to this area of theory into account. As a risk professional who is particularly well studied in the Continental tradition and has no difficulty engaging Deleuze, Spivak, Derrida or Heidegger, I'm often frustrated that so much of the philosophical tradition has become a race to textual obscurity. High the ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book. I came across Mesle on 'homebrewed Christianity' podcast and he seemed sincere and clear in his description of Process Thought. The book did not disappoint. I am not a student in Philosophy and a slow learner and this book was very understandable to me. North-Whitehead is very complex and his usage of words is quite different to normal. I started reading Sherburne's 'Key to Process and Reality' and was still out of my depth - this has bridged that gap. The other book I would re ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, religion, 2013
A good, non-technical intro to Whitehead's metaphysical system. If you're interested in embarking on Process and Reality, read this first. While Mesle doesn't really dwell on the more technical details of Whitehead's thought such as what concrescence and the like actually consist of, if you read Whitehead's work, you can read Mesle's general descriptions into Whithead's rigorously detailed descriptions.
David Balfour
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel like I've been duped. This book is pleasant, highly accessible and well-written, but it's almost infuriatingly basic and content-free. Mesle just repeats a number of familiar platitudes about how the West got it terribly wrong and ancient orientals know the deep truth that beneath the veil of illusion, we're all actually one, so we should love one another more. No serious arguments as to why or how, and as far as I can see, barely a single original or interesting idea. Despite the "abstra ...more
Patricia Farmer
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"I am a process-relational philosopher because everything I care about is in process and in relationships--even my ideas . . . the joy of life is in the journey." Bob Mesle begins his short, clearly-written introductory book with a deep and very personal conviction that a process-relational world view matters. By the time you finish the book, you will understand why, and probably agree. So much of what assaults our world today--from religious wars to environmental disaster--stems from a philosop ...more
Alexandru Jr.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
tare fainuta carte.
e o introducere tare faina (si usor de citit) in filosofia tarzie a lui whitehead - o incercare de a reintroduce metafizica / speculatia dupa aparitia filosofiei analitice.
pentru whitehead, totul poate fi interpretat in termeni de proces / devenire si relatie.
si toate conceptele lansate de el pornesc de la experienta cotidiana, apoi sunt extinse la un grad maxim de generalitate, apoi verificate din nou daca sunt aplicabile la experienta.
in unele momente pare un pic dogmatica.
Sandy H
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good introduction and makes some of the more technical lingo of process thought easier to understand.
Benjamin Sauers
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whitehead offers up the most holistic western philosophy and I love it.
Dave Tilley
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A pretty clear introduction to the concepts of process relational thought. It's probably a bit too simplified. Not a bad thing though, given the volumes of jargon entailed in Whiteheads writing.
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C. Robert Mesle is a recognized authority on process thought and the author of the acclaimed Process Theology: A Basic Introduction (1993), the most widely read introduction to process theology. A professor and chair of the philosophy and religion department of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He is a board member of the International Proces ...more
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