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101. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
George Shields The Return of Radical Theology: A Critical Examination of Peterson and Zbaraschuk, eds., Resurrecting the Death of God
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This review article critically examines the anthology Resurrecting the Death of God: The Origins, Influence, and Return of Radical Theology, edited by Daniel Peterson and G. Michael Zbaraschuk (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2014). After making brief but largely appreciative summary comments on a number of essays, the article focuses attention on contributions by John Cobb on the theology of Altizer, John Roth on Levinas, and J. W. Robbins on the politics of de Tocqueville's concept of God. Suggestions are provided for inclusion of a wider swath of theologies that might be considered "radical," and the argument is made for more "dialectical exchange," including a revisitation of the basic rationale behind Tillich's notion of the "power of being" and the provision of outlines of a cumulative or "global" abductive argument for the existence of cosmic mind that is informed by recent arguments of Thomas Nagel as well as historical forms of process natural theology, especially as propounded by Hartshorne.
102. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
H. Thomas Johnson Accounting, Accountability, and Misplaced Concreteness
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In this article I argue that management accounting practices cause today’s business managers to commit what Alfred North Whitehead referred to as the “fallacy of misplaced concreteness.” These practices cause managers to drive operations with quantitative accounting abstractions and divert their attention from the concrete reality of what it means to run a business well so that it contributes to building a sustainable economy and a flourishing society.
103. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
Rob Macklin, Karin Mathison, Mark Dibben Process Ethics and Business: Applying Process Thought to Enact Critiques of Mind/Body Dualism in Organizations
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The study of organizational ethics continues to be the focus of significant academic attention, however it is a discourse that remains largely informed by a form of morality that is perhaps best described as ordered and cognitive. Traditional approaches to questions of organizational ethics emphasize a fundamentally static view of organizations and the people within them, reinforcing notions of mind/body dualism and reifying ethics as an outcome of human agency, choice, and deliberate intention (see MacKay and Chia). We challenge this approach and instead argue in favor of ethics research that adopts an ontology grounded in process metaphysics. Escaping the confines of Cartesian dualism, we reconceptualize organizational ethics as something that is in fact not held constant, is not a static termination point or an outcome of events, but is rather an input into the continually reconstituting context of the organization over time (see Langley, et al.). The process ethics we articulate provides a grounding for moral critique in diverse communities that is not undermined by relativism. Moreover, it provides guidance to managers and employees facing moral problems without forcing them to face a tyranny of principles. We consider how a process ethics would be enacted in organizations through managerial decision-making and in the treatment of employees.
104. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
Rem B. Edwards Judaism, Process Theology, and Formal Axiology: A Preliminary Study
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This article approaches Judaism through Rabbi Bradley S. Artson’s book, God of Becoming and Relationships: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology. It explores his understanding of how Jewish theology should and does cohere with central features of both process theology and Robert S. Hartman’s formal axiology. These include the axiological/process concept of God, the intrinsic value and valuation of God and unique human beings, and Jewish extrinsic and systemic values, value combinations, and value rankings.
105. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
Travis Cox Grafting Metaphysics: How Transpersonal Agroecology Bears Fruit with Process Metaphysics as its Root
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Transpersonal agroecology (TPAE) is a theory, derived from the collective leanings of various important thinkers and practitioners in the field of alternative agriculture over the last century, which sees the mindset of the farmer to be just as important as his or her agricultural practices. However, these accumulated intuitions do not provide a coherent metaphysics within which to practice TPAE. Process metaphysics provides such a coherent framework for TPAE and for sustainable agriculture.
106. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
Joseph A. Bracken Whiteheadian Metaphysics, General Relativity, and String Theory
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String theory is often depicted as the best chance for natural science to find a Theory of Everything. Whiteheadians may object that only a philosophical cosmology such as Whitehead presents in PR can “frame a coherent, logical, necessary system of general ideas in terms of which every element of our experience can be interpreted” (PR 3). But then they have to show that Whitehead’s scheme and string theory fit together nicely, with each helping to resolve residual problem areas in the other. The present article conjectures that the tiny vibrating strings postulated by string theory and the superjects of individual actual entities might correspond to the “final, real things of which the world is made up” (PR 18). Likewise, the extra spatial dimensions required by the mathematics of string theory might be more intelligible in terms of the interaction of different levels of subsocieties within a Whiteheadian structured society.
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107. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
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109. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Masato Ishida The Sense of Symmetry: Comparative Reflections on Whitehead, Nishida, and Dōgen
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In contrast to temporal asymmetry stressed in process philosophy, symmetry prevails in Mahayana Buddhism and East Asian philosophy formed under its influence. The paper clarifies the meaning of symmetry from the perspectives of Kitaro Nishida and Dogen, it explores similar or overlapping ideas in Whitehead’s philosophy oforganism, and it suggests that the differences among them are much smaller than commonly believed.
110. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Amene Mir Architectonic and Artisanal: A.N. Whitehead and John Milbank on God and Creativity
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John Milbank’s theology argues for a return to the participatory ontology of the pre-moderns in which actuality is understood as rooted in intimate relation to the divine. He rejects modernity’s notion that finite reality can be understood as occupying its own space independent of God. In this context he develops the notion of finite “making” as coincident with the finite realization of the divine. This paper develops how the notion of “coincidence” can be applied to Whitehead’s thought, allowing for an identification of God with creativity and finite “making,” seeking to provide a more theologically satisfying account of God’s relation to creativity.
111. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Jerry H. Gill Language and Reality: Whitehead, Wittgenstein, and the Analytic
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This article explores the relationship between Wittgenstein (both early and late) andWhitehead, specifically regarding the different views of the relationship between language and reality in these two thinkers.
112. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Weifu Wu, Gene Wallace A Postmodern China in the Making
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This article supplements the article by Fubin Yang in vol. 39 (2010) of this journal. The goal is to account for the recent surge of interest in process thought in China.
113. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Lewis S. Ford Explorations and Emendations
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These seven short essays record several recent explorations together with some corrections to earlier views which need revision in the light of further evidence. Topics considered include temporal atomism, a critique of nontemporal concresence, divine subjectivity and conceptual activity, a reexamination of physical purpose and negative prehension, and an alternate theory of life and mind.
114. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
David Emory Conner Response to Rem B. Edwards
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In this article I briefly respond to Rem Edwards’ recent defense of Marjorie Suchocki’s article on “The Dynamic God.”
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115. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Marc A. Pugliese Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos by Gloria L. Schaab
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116. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Pierfrancesco Basile Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel
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117. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Ramón Cisneros-Ruelas Pierfrancesco Basile. “It Must Be True – But How Can it Be? Some Remarks on Panpsychism and Mental Composition
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118. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Ramón Cisneros-Ruelas Joseph A. Bracken. “Feeling Our Way Forward: Continuity and Discontinuity Within the Cosmic Process”
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119. Process Studies: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Vincent Calabrese Joseph A. Bracken. “Whitehead and Roman Catholics: What Went Wrong?”
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Vincent Calabrese Philip Clayton. Panentheisms East and West
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