More Than a Worldview
bringing process philosophy into the 21st century
Fat Soul Century
The age of disembodied ideas is over, and a new age is beginning, emphasizing intuition, emotion, and the wisdom of the body as a complement to cerebral activity. And with the ending of the age of disembodied ideas, we also see the end of the age of metaphysics, if metaphysics is understood as a set of concepts aimed at boxing in the world from a third-person perspective, motivated by an impulse to control the world with the mind. Understood in this way metaphysics is simply the will-to-power in philosophical form: an epistemology of control. It is an extension of the industrial revolution with its wholesale assault on the natural world, and also an extension of western imperialism.
Yes, process philosophy is indeed influenced by the cosmology of Whitehead with its emphasis on interconnectedness and the intrinsic value of all living beings. In this sense it is a metaphysics. But its aim is not to enframe the world and denude it of its mystery and beauty; and process philosophy makes no claim to finality of statement. Its aim instead is to guide us into a kinder and more creative way of living in the world with help from many other sources: religious, scientific, artistic, and ethical. Process philosophy is now a lifestyle and an attitude toward life as depicted in the video, not just a worldview. It is a lifestyle and attitude the world sorely needs if our souls are to widen and our hearts are to open, for the sake of the well-being of people, animals, and the earth. Patricia Adams Farmer and I try to express this in a Fat Soul International: A Manifesto. There are many other ways to say the same thing. "There is hope" is one of them.
-- Jay McDaniel
The age of ideas is over: mere worldviews are not enough.
"Robert Rowland Smith argues that we are coming to the end of the Age of Ideas. He examines how different 'ages' - of superstition, religion, reason and ideas - have emerged and gradually been eclipsed. And he hints at the age we may be about to enter."
Robert Rowland Smith was for seven years a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and is a consultant, lecturer and writer on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis. He has written for The Independent and The Evening Standard, been profiled in The Sunday Telegraph, Time Out and The Observer, and contributed to books on philosophy for children. As well as broadcasting for BBC Radio and television, he has contributed to the Philosophy Bites podcast series and currently has a column on everyday dilemmas in the Sunday Times Magazine.
Process Philosophy is a lifestyle and attitude toward life, not just a worldview.
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