144 pages, b/w illustrations
Process Philosophy surveys the basic issues and controversies surrounding the philosophical approach known as process philosophy. Process philosophy views temporality, activity, and change as the cardinal factors for our understanding of the real: process has priority over product, both ontologically and epistemically. Rescher examines the movement's historical origins, reflecting a major line of thought in the work of such philosophers as Heracleitus, Leibniz, Bergson, Peirce, William James, and especially A. N. Whitehead.
"In this major study, Nicholas Rescher examines the historical origins of the domestic movement known as "process philosophy", exploring in depth its contribution to an understanding of nature and human nature. Process Philosophy is a carefully researched and much-needed review by one of the foremost philosophers in North America. This well-crafted volume will be a valuable contribution to the literature."
– Jude P. Dougherty, Catholic University of America
"Nicholas Rescher's Process Philosophy is fascinating reading, and makes a fine case for process philosophy, a subject in dramatic need of explication and application. As a positive reconstruction of process philosophy at its best, the book is a veritable tour de force. No one can read the book without coming to an appreciation of the force and relevance of process philosophy for contemporary philosophical discourse."
– Robert Francis Almeder, Georgia State University
"What emerges from Rescher's work is a picture of process philosophy that is very "broad church" but one that does not admit eternal verities, such as unchanging Platonic universals. Rescher's process philosophy shades off into such areas as philosophy of action, philosophy of science, and philosophy of technology [...] This is a thoughtful, well-written, and illuminating book. Highly recommended."
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Nicholas Rescher is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He is the author or editor of more than one hundred books, including Aporetics: Rational Deliberation in the Face of Inconsistency and Ignorance (On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge).