Isabelle Stengers’ work on Whitehead was a long time in the making — as a work on Whitehead’s work, as an outcome of her thinking with. Thinking with Whitehead has 23 ratings and 2 reviews. as both introduction and erudite commentary, Isabelle Stengers one of today s leading philosophers of. THINKING WITH WHITEHEAD A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts ISABELLE STENGERS Translated by Michael Chase FOREWORD BY BRUNO LATOUR.

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This is why British philosophy is a free and savage creation of concepts. Those “psychic additions,” as Whitehead calls them, whitehexd parts of common sense, to be sure, but they are unfortunately of no use to science, since they have no reality, even though they are the stuff out of which dreams and values are made.

However, if nature really is bifurcated, no living organism would be possible, since being isabelpe organism means being the sort of thing whose primary and secondary qualities — if they did exist- — are endlessly- blurred. This old sage, on this occasion, told them that he could not do anything for them except to thinkinng them what might perhaps help them: But contrary to the rather cavalier whiteheac in which Whitehead treats his own predecessors, Stengers is very precise and follows with great at- tention Whitehead’s own hunches.

This means that they went to see the old sage who so often plays a role in such stories. This obviously does not solve the very concrete problems raised by the role of science and of scientists in our society, but it separates these problems from what, for the experimenters, can only be a declaration of war: And it arises, in particular, for me.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The reason why her attempts are so wkth moving is that Whitehead has a gift of the most extraordinary rarity: One of whitheead unique aspects of Whitehead’s suggestion is that is does not contain any “bad guys,” nor an explanatory construction of continuity that refers to something we “couldn’t help.

Was this the required filial piety? Whitehead often said that his philosophical ideas orig- inated from questions he had pursued throughout his life. Did their father really want them to prove their love by accepting this loss? Systematizing Emerson, Supplementing Whitehead. Yet what, one will ask, does Whitehead suggest?

But it belongs to specu- lative thought to fight against the impoverishment of experience, particu- larly against its confiscation by the great theoretical debates that oppose mankind, “endowed with consciousness,” to all the others supposedly deprived of it.

Fordham Univer- sity Press, Historians of philosophy can devote hundreds of pages to Plato’s Ideas, the Hegelian Spirit, the Leibn. To illustrate this indeterminization, I will refer to a well-known fable.


Why did Whitehead find it so important to avoid the bifurcation of nature in his speculative scheme? At the end of Process and Reality, the same author seems to have ex- ploded all the limits that modern good manners impose upon thought.

This is not a matter of psychology, for if one questions botanists, they will speak of vegetal proliferation, of the thorny questions raised by each type of classification, in short, of an ad- venture that confronts one with plants.

And, of course, it would be impossible to say that the modernist philosophy has “no need for God,” as philosophers are so proud of saying and say frequently.

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts by Isabelle Stengers

What, in such a world, is ultimately given, then? All this because it made it possible to bring to existence that which remained discretely undetermined in the paternal statement, the question of what it means to “share an inheritance.


And that is precisely what students do when a class awakens their thought, incites sstengers objections, their “but thens,” their “in that cases.

Harvard University Press Thus, one can certainly ask scientists many things, but not to renounce what matters to them, and particularly what resonates in the question “is it publishable? This does not, I hope, mean a finalized reading, imposing upon the texts an end that was tinking theirs, but a reading that tries to decipher the paths of an adventure that has the nature of a riddle.

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A Discreet Philosopher He glanced at me, suspicious. Whitehead was a mathematician, and mathematicians are they who do not bow down before contradictions but transform them into an ingredi- ent of the problem.

It is directed to the possible as such, to whtehead possibility of a solution on the basis of which the unknown of the pater- nal will might find its meaning. The way we formulate questions always comes from somewhere, and can always lead some- where: The Dramatic Power of Events: Stephen Williamson marked it as to-read May 25, Yet even when philosophers innovate in this way, the novelty is usually introduced in a way that offers readers an- other kind of stability, the one that can be associated with progress.

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