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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Thinking with Whitehead

What situates it is not the world, objectively deciphered at last, but the experimental apparatus, for the questions that matter are established around the experimental apparatus. And the choice of usabelle term accentuates a question that polemical constructivisms render sec- ondary. Generalities in the logical sense authorize classifications, with whiteheadd partic- ular case exemplifying the general characteristic that defines a set of notions.

Another approach would have been possible: A note, in general, refers either to a direction that the textual itinerary could have taken, and which the author decides not to take any further, or to a tech- nical discussion that the author believes would overburden thinklng text. Upon his admission to Cambridge inhe was offered the rare choice of a scholarship cither for classical or for mathematical studies.

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

The narrative form indicates that the person who is reading The Thihking cept of Nature or Science and the Modern World is not reading them as a contemporary of their writing, but with the knowledge of what was going to happen.


Deleuze, Whitehead and Process. Kate added it Feb 05, The goal, for her, was to be able to think about the creative power of these sciences — the path of critical epistemology was henceforth closed-— but also about their catastrophic indifference to what they judge “non-scientific.

Is your success that of Grendel? For them, with them, and in front of them, he was to discover and explore the unexpected implica- tions of the questions on which he had meditated all his life.

In both cases, a reciprocal influence is implied, that puts to the test both what brings about and what is brought about. Dorothy Wity rated it did not like it May 21, Living actuality is not a given, but an achievement won at the cost of alternatives, and maintained at the cost of the robbery of other actualities of their life. One does not need, however, to benefit from Chinese wisdom to ques- tion the separation between the why and the how, in particular to show that it has in fact no stable identity, and that the “how” never stops mu- tating.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Lists with This Book. Thomas Osborne – – Biosemiotics 9 2: Deborah Bird Rose – – Environmental Philosophy 5 2: Is not the human activity of physics in some sense for the universe? The universe refuses the deaden- ing influence of complete conformity. I do not claim to speak for flesh and blood physicians, psy- chologists, and sociologists any more than I claim to have access to the experience of a butterfly or a rabbit.

Soul and World: Fragments written upon reading “Thinking with Whitehead” by Isabelle Stengers

No more than you can choose in nature to eliminate cither pri- mary or secondary qualities can you choose, in Whitehead, between his epistemology and his theology.


Hence to think with Whitehead is to think alternatives in which we “sign on in advance to an adventure that will leave none of the terms we normally use as they were. Commentators have stwngers tried either to drag Whitehead in theology seminars — forgetting that his God is there to solve very pre- cisely a technical problem of philosophy, not of belief — or to get rid of this embarrassing appendix altogether. The inheritance now counted twelve camels: The Dramatic Power of Events: English] Thinking with Whitehead: Not that one age is darker than another.

In a way that bears isabeple in wtih to the polemical power of our categories, to affirm stengsrs a construction” is to affirm “it is a mere con- struction,” and it will then most often be a matter of affirming the arbi- trary nature of what others believe they can justify.

For the rest, what can we say, except that Whitehead’s life was that of a gifted student, a respected university professor, a happy husband, and an attentive, affectionate father. Catherine Porter Cambridge, Mass.: Isabelle Stengers – – Process Studies 37 2: Free and savage creation, therefore, but not, especially not, fe- rocious, not defining that with which it deals tsengers a prey to be attacked.