The Event Universe: The Revisionary Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead

2016.10.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Leemon B. McHenry, The Event Universe: The Revisionary Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, Edinburgh University Press, 2015,
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2016.10.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Leemon B. McHenry, The Event Universe: The Revisionary Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 184pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474400343. Reviewed by Brian G. Henning, Gonzaga University After decades of careful and productive philosophical work, it may be that the seams of descriptive metaphysics have been all but mined out. Fortunately, as Leemon B. McHenry beautifully illustrates, after more than a half-century of slumber the speculative impulse has been reawakened. Don't be fooled by the slender dimensions of this volume. McHenry is attempting, fallibly if not immodestly, nothing less than "a general theory of the world" (vii). Building on the work of Bertrand Russell, W. V. O. Quine, and, most especially, Alfred North Whitehead, the author's aim is to frame an event ontology that is fully consistent with contemporary physics, especially physicists' attempts to create a. . .

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