Section II. An Alternative Vision:  Whitehead’s Philosophy

Track 2:  Whitehead and Continental Philosophy (A)   
(Helmut Maassen)

Whitehead has come back to Europe, in the sense that research on Whitehead’s metaphysics in several European countries is taking place from many different systematic and historical perspectives. Its relation to mathematics, sociology, social sciences and different forms of philosophy is being reflected uponfrom Dnipropetrovsk to Lisbon and from Essex to Pavia. At the same time, it has become evident how much his philosophy is rooted not only in Plato and Neoplatonism, but also in Leibniz, Spinoza and the circle of thinkers in the Aristotelian Society in London, in which the philosophical developments in Europe at that time were discussed, e.g. Bergson, McTaggart, Alexander, Russell. Placing Whitehead’s metaphysics in its proper historical framework will open up a horizon of possibilities for metaphysics and a thorough reflection on the problems and issues of the 21st Century.

Presenters Include:

1. Pierefrancesco Basile (Bern)

2. Maria-Theresa Teixeira (Lisbon)

3. Eleonora Mingarelli (Leuven/Duesseldorf)

4. Christoph Kann (Duesseldorf)

5. Regine Kather (Freiburg)

6. Elmar Busch (Essen)

7. Hans-Joachim Klose (Dresden)

8. Vesselin Petrov (Sofia)

9. Luca Vanzago (Pavia)

10.Martin Kaplicki (Prague)

11.Denys Zhadyaev (Dnipropetrovsk)

12.Alex Haitos (Texas)

13.Magda Costa Carvalho ( Azores)

14.Stascha Rohmer (Berlin)



Friday, June 5, 2015:

1. 2-3:30 PM: Vesselin Petrov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)  Samuel Alexander and Alfred North Whitehead: a Comparison

2. 4-5:00 PM: Alex Haitos (Texas A&M University) William James, Alfred North Whitehead, and Existential Sensibility

3. 5-6:00 PM: Denys Zhadyaev (Dnipropetrovsk National University) Title to be announced


Saturday, June 6, 2015:

4. 11-12:30 AM: Regine Kather (Freiburg University) Rethinking the Concept of Organism and Freedom as the Foundation of the Process of Life.  A Comparison between A.N.Whitehead and H.Jonas

5. 2-3:30 PM: Tamar Levanon (Bar Ilan University) Leibniz and Whitehead on motion and activity

6. 4-5:30 PM: Joachim Klose (Dresden University) On the edge of actual occasions. A translation of process philosophy into political science


Sunday, June 7, 2015:

7. 11-12:30 AM: Elmar Busch, (Essen University) Reception of Whitehead’s Process Philosophy by Neuroscientists

8. 2-3:30 PM: Stascha Rohmer (Universidad de Medellín) Nature and Law: Is there a Whiteheadian perspective on the theory of rights?

9. 4-5:30 PM: Maria-Teresa Teixeira (Universidade de Coimbra)
The relevance of the category of actual entity to Ecological Civilization