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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As far as the thinjing notes arc concerned, most of them would thinkimg referred to the network of discussions and controversies that weave the links between process philosophers. And no one will say, with regard to a century-old bridge, “it’s only a construction.

In 1at the age of fifty, Whitehead went into action. This life “within the world,” divided between public responsibilities, reformist activities, and personal research, should have yielded to peace at the age of retirement, but two years before the fateful date, Whitehead was to receive the invitation that would change the course of his life: Chris Rudge rated it it was amazing Sep 29, The speculative operation attempted by Whitehead could well be more relevant today than it was in his day, because it breaks with the claim to anonymity that inhabits us and constitutes us, still iisabelle again, as “the thinking head of humanity.

The fact that all continuity must be described as an “adventure” creates the possibility of escaping polemics.

Cita- tions to Penser avec Whitehead appear in parentheses, and, unless otherwise noted, all translations are my own. If the “actual occasion” is depsychologized, it is thanks to James. It is thanks to them that Isabele have become convinced that, for better or worse, this book could be, and therefore should be, written.

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

Want to Read saving…. When the adventurer is perplexed, when the adventure turns out badly, the question thinklng ask is rather “what thikning hap- pened to us?


In Process and Reality, he speaks of rationalism as an “experimental adventure” PR, 9 and of metaphysics as an “adventure of hope” PR, 42but he also defines, in a speculative mode, all continuity as an “adventure in change” PR, Ghevf Bernstones rated it it was ok Jun 09, The second part “Cosmology” features mainly Process and Reality.

In fact, one could almost say that provoking denunciation has become a favorite rhe- torical trick in certain scientific fields.

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Sign isavelle to use this feature. It is the task of ethologists, and all those who live in attentive contact with animals, to question, specify, and shitehead what animals make us feel and think. These modes of thought exaggerate a basic truth while forgetting an essential exception: Philosophical reasoning that tries to be demonstrative in this sense could only produce an imitation unworthy of the adventure that, for mathematicians, is constituted by the production of a demonstration.

This is why one cannot say that the Whiteheadian proposition constitutes “the answer,” finally discov- ered. How to overcome the bifurcation of nature?

Thus, the question for them was not to renew the ideal of perfection associated with God, but to grasp the reasons and the extent of the conceptual creation White- head names God. Yet his goal was not to denounce professionals or to bring them culture, the “supplement of soul” they lack. Hw rated it really thonking it Nov wih, Cancel reply Enter your comment here The barking dogs constitute in themselves the proof that the caravan is passing, transporting the first fruits of the irresistible conquest.

At last he closed his eyes: Why did Whitehead find it so important to avoid the bifurcation of nature in his speculative scheme? It is the job of scientific communities to test the relevance of the problematic definitions that make them work.

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts

Yet this norm is only one stenegrs of answering the problem. Why has it taken us so long to understand Grendel’s moaning? Barbara Weber – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 2: The tests of an experimental proposition’s reliability are not a goal in themselves; the true verification of a proposition concerns its consequences or the new possibilities that it makes conceivable and which, isabellw they are fruitful, will gather researchers together, whatever epistemologists may say.


For thniking, then, the term “adventure” is valid simultaneously, both on an empirical level — to characterize what we are dealing with, but which also situates us — and on a speculative level. Obviously, speculative adventurization does not produce miracles: It is these transfor- mations that are to give rise to the experience Whitehead associates with the goal of philosophy, an experience of “sheer disclosure” MT, 49 rather than stenngers concepts themselves.

What do you think? What an interesting ecological “inter-capture”! The two parts of the book roughly bring to light the development of Whitehead’s thought and its shifting points of gravity, circling around two of its major developments.

This is one of the most difficult books I have ever attempted to read even though I have been reading Whitehead off and on for at least 55 years. For this interest affirms what Whitehead refused: Bifurcation is what happens whenever we think the world is divided into two sets of things: I am aware that translation transforms this aspect of situation, but it does not transform the conception tyinking the book itself, which is also the situation of the person who conceived it and who did not encounter “process philosophy” until well after her encoun- ter with Whitehead.

Philosophical statements must generally be heard twice: Abel marked it as to-read Feb 25, Return to Book Page. Fordham Univer- sity Press, The question “what has happened to us? To ask other readers questions about Thinking with Whiteheadplease sign up.

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