News & Announcements

New Publication: Foundations of Relational Realism (June 10, 2013)
coverIt is our pleasure to announce the publication of the third volume of the Contemporary Whitehead Studies series: Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature. In this unique two-part volume, designed to be comprehensible to both specialists and non-specialists, the authors chart out a pathway forward by identifying the central deficiency in most interpretations of quantum mechanics.

Experience & Reality: Thinking with Whitehead and American Pragmatism (November 9, 2012)
In keeping with its mission to analyze the relevance of Whitehead's thought in dialogue with contemporary philosophies, the Whitehead Research Project is hosting it's sixth international conference to explore current lines of congruence and tension between American pragmatism and contemporary Whitehead scholarship. This conference will encourage original and creative work by leading scholars that not only furthers the understanding of American Philosophy, but seeks to advance it.
Date: November 29-December 1, 2012
Location: Claremont, CA

Forthcoming Publication: Foundations of Relational Realism (August 23, 2012)
The Contemporary Whitehead Studies series is pleased to announce its third volume: Foundations of Relational Realism: Quantum Mechanics, Category Theory, and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Forthcoming in 2013, in this unique two-part volume, designed to be comprehensible by both specialists and non-specialists, the authors demonstrate that the decoherent histories interpretation of quantum mechanics, structured within a category theoretic topological formalism, provides a coherent and consistent Whiteheadian internal-relational framework by which local quantum events can be globally related both causally and logically.

Sixth International Conference: Call For Graduate Student Papers (June 20, 2012)
The Whitehead Research Project announces its Sixth International Conference, entitled "Experience & Reality: Thinking with Whitehead and American Pragmatism," to be held at Claremont Graduate University on November 29-December 1, 2012. This conference will explore current lines of congruence and tension between American pragmatism, classical American philosophy, and contemporary Whitehead scholarship. We thus invite graduate students to submit papers that address questions such as: Is Whitehead a Pragmatist and/or an American philosopher? What contrasts and affinities exist between American Pragmatism and Whitehead’s thought? What new questions, strategies, and critiques emerge by juxtaposing their distinct perspectives?

James Bradley Passed Away (May 31, 2012)
It is with great sadness that we report the death of James Bradley, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. James passed away on May 17th, 2012. James was on the International Board of Academic Advisors for the Whitehead Research Project (WRP), a Research Member of WRP, and participated in numerous conferences sponsored by WRP. More importantly, he was a valued colleague, mentor, and friend. He will be sorely missed.

New Publication: Butler on Whithead (April 1, 2012)
coverWe are pleased to announce the second volume of the Contemporary Whitehead Studies series: Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion. This volume is based on the first set of formal conversations which brings together the dynamic philosophies of two eminent thinkers: Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead.

Thinking in a Whiteheadian Mode (December 12, 2011)
Jay McDaniel, Professor of Religion at Hendrix College, scholar of Whitehead, and author of the website Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism (JJB), provides an interesting reflection on what it means to be a process thinker, and reviews the variety of vantage points represented at WRP's fifth international conference, Whitehead: The Next Generation. Visit the JJB website to read the full article.

New Books (August 19, 2011)

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  • Nature and Logos: A Whiteheadian Key to Merleau-Ponty's Fundamental Thought, by William S. Hamrick and Jan Van der Veken
  • A. N. Whitehead and Social Theory: Tracing a Culture of Thought, by Michael Halewood

Call for Manuscripts: Contemporary Whitehead Studies (August 1, 2011)
The Whitehead Research Project is seeking scholarly contributions to its book series, Contemporary Whitehead Studies, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. The series will explore original and innovative approaches connecting the work of A. N. Whitehead to contemporary philosophies and current questions across the humanities and around the world. CWS especially seeks projects that:

  • explore the connections between Whitehead and contemporary Continental philosophy,
  • reconnect Whitehead to pragmatism, analytical philosophy and philosophy of language,
  • explore creative East/West dialogues facilitated by Whitehead's work,
  • explore the interconnections of the mathematician with the philosopher and the contemporary importance of these parts of Whitehead's work for the dialogue between sciences and humanities,
  • reconnect Whitehead to the wider field of philosophy, the humanities, the sciences and academic research with Whitehead's pluralistic impulses in the context of a pluralistic world,
  • address Whitehead's philosophy in the midst of contemporary problems facing humanity, such as climate change, war & peace, race, and the future development of civilization.

Fifth International Conference (April 1, 2011)
The Whitehead Research Project announces its Fifth International Conference, entitled "Whitehead: The Next Generation," to be held in Claremont, California, at Claremont Graduate University on December 1-3, 2011. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred North Whitehead, the Whitehead Research Project will gather emerging Whitehead scholars both from Claremont and from the international community to present the burgeoning work of the next generation of Whiteheadian thought. This conference will be quite transdisciplinary in nature, as it embraces the variety of approaches taken by these young thinkers. In true Whiteheadian fashion, the conference seeks not to highlight a single focus for the future of Whitehead scholarship, but rather it aims at uncovering multiple trajectories through which the influence of Whitehead will carry us into the future.

Faber to Speak at the Library of Congress (January 29, 2011)
Professor Roland Faber, Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb Jr. Professor of Process Studies, has been invited to lecture at the Library of Congress on February 17. This keynote address, given to the larger public, will invite better appreciation of the thought and intellectual legacy of Alfred North Whitehead as an important philosopher, physicist, and mathematician. The lecture will be given in conjunction with a symposium of the Manuscript Division and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in recognition of a gift to the Library of Congress of a letter by Whitehead's student and research assistant, Henry Leonard of Harvard, which has been donated to the Library by Dr. Leonard's son.

Death of Reiner Wiehl (January 24, 2011)
The Whitehead Research Project sadly reports the death of Reiner Wiehl, philosopher and Whitehead expert at the University of Heidelberg. Professor Wiehl died on December 30, 2010, at the age of 81. He served as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg since 1976, where lectured and wrote on Kant, Whitehead, and existentialism. Together with Friedrich Rapp, he co-edited the volume Whitehead's Metaphysics of Creativity. As one of the foremost European Whitehead experts, Professor Wiehl will be greatly missed.

Inauguration of the Critical Edition of Whitehead (September 11, 2010)
It is our pleasure to announce that the Whitehead Research Project (WRP) has secured permission from A. N. Whitehead's estate to begin editing his published and unpublished academic writings. With this very welcome news we also announce the inauguration of the Critical Edition of Whitehead, a long-term initiative of the WRP that will, for the first time, make available the complete published and unpublished writings of Alfred North Whitehead in a single, critical edition.

New Books (June 25, 2010)
Roland Faber is pleased to announce the publication of

  • Secrets of Becoming: Negotiating Whitehead, Deleuze, and Butler, Roland Faber and Andrea M. Stephenson, eds., (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010)
  • Event and Decision: Ontology and Politics in Badiou, Deleuze, and Whitehead, Roland Faber, Henry Krips, and Daniel. Pettus, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

Roland Faber Named Chair of Process Studies, Will Give Inaugural Lecture (April 1, 2010)
The Claremont School of Theology and the Center for Process Studies are pleased to announce the inauguration of Dr. Roland Faber as the Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb Professor of Process Studies. Dr. Faber's inauguration will be commemorated by a lecture and celebration on April 22, 2010, at 4:30pm in Mudd Theater on the Claremont School of Theology Campus. Dr. Faber"s lecture is entitled "Theopoetic Justice: Towards an Ecology of Living Together." A two day conference exploring topics related to theopoetics will follow. » READ COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT

Eastman First Whitehead Member (March 4, 2010)
The Whitehead Research Project is pleased to announce Dr. Timothy E. Eastman as our first Whitehead Member. Tim has very generously donated a substantial number of Whitehead's works to WRP, many of which are first editions. Tim's donation will help bring WRP closer to creating the Whitehead Research Interface (EVE), the first digital edition of Whitehead's complete published and unpublished works. For more information about membership, visit the members page.

New Staff Members (October 7, 2009)
WRP welcomes Ashley Riordan, Brianne Donaldson, and Katie Schubert as new members of the WRP team. Ashley will be assisting with our online presence, Brianne will be working on book and article collections, and Katie will be assisting with public relations. Find out more about them by visiting the team page.

Whitehead Research Interface (July 2, 2009)
WRP is proud to announce one of its most daring and innovative projects: the Whitehead Research Interface, also known as EVE (in honor of Whitehead's beloved wife, Evelyn). Once implemented, EVE will revolutionize the study of Whitehead's works by providing open access to the most complete electronic library of Whiteheadian scholarship in the world, some parts of which have never been made available to scholars. Click here to learn more and find out how you can help.

Contemporary Whitehead Studies: First Volume Forthcoming (June 25, 2009)
The Whitehead Research Project and Rodopi are proud to announce the first volume of the Contemporary Whitehad Studies series: Beyond Metaphysics? Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead's Late Thought. This volume brings together leading scholars from Europe and the United States to engage Alfred North Whitehead’s late work. Reflecting on the theme of the volume, “Beyond Metaphysics?”, contributors explore the question of whether Whitehead’s system is completed with Process and Reality, or if instead his metaphysics only comes fully into view in his later works. [ find out more ]

New Staff Member (March 18, 2009)
WRP welcomes Brandon Loper as a new member of the WRP team. Brandon will be primarily responsible for aiding Hollis Phelps in developing and facilitating relationships among current and future members and coordinating these with the overall goals of WRP. Find out more about Brandon by visiting the team page.

New Book Series - Contemporary Whitehead Studies (February, 2009)
The Whitehead Research Project is pleased to announce the creation of a new book series, Contemporary Whitehead Studies (CWS), which will be part of Rodopi's well-respected Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS). With its presence in both Europe and the United States, Rodopi will be an ideal press to reach a diverse audience. Click here to learn more about this exciting new project.

New International Board Members (February, 2009)
We are pleased to announce that George Allan (Dickinson College), Didier Debaise (Max Planck Institute), George Lucas (United States Naval Academy) have joined our International Board of Academic Advisors. Click here to find out more about them.

New Whitehead Edition (February, 2009)
As part of its ongoing commitment to the research of, and scholarship on, the texts, philosophy and life of Alfred North Whitehead, it is with great pleasure that WRP announces The New Whitehead Edition. This project will produce the first critical edition of the works of Alfred North Whitehead. Click here to find out more.

Whitehead Lecture Notes (February, 2009)
WRP has published several sets of notes from Whitehead's Harvard lectures from the mid 1920's to early 1930's. Click here to check out the notes.

New International Board Members (December, 2008)
We are happy to announce that Michael Halewood (University of Essex) and Catherine Keller (Drew Theological School) have joined our International Board of Academic Advisors. Click here to find out more about them.

International Board of Academic Advisors (July 10, 2008)
The Whitehead Research Project is pleased to announce it's International Board of Academic Advisors. The board includes the following individuals: James Bradley, Jeremy R. Hustwit, Helmut Maaßen, Leemon McHenry, Keith Robinson, Robert J. Valenza, James Williams. Click here to read their bios.

Website Changes (March 4, 2008)
The WRP website receives a minor face-lift. Please feel free to let us know what you think.

Director of Research & Publication (February 15, 2008)
The Whitehead Research Project is pleased to announce that Brian Henning, Associate Director of the Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, has joined the team as Director of Research & Publication, in in charge of facilitating the publication of Whitehead's work by helping to collect published and unpublished works, secure rights, and edit texts. Visit the team page to read Brian's bio or visit his website.

Conference Papers Available (February 4, 2008)
Papers from the Event & Decision Conference: Ontology & Politics in Badiou, Deleuze, and Whitehead, are now available. Please visit the conference website to download.

WRP Website Announced (June 4, 2007)
The Whitehead Reseach Project officially announces its online presence.

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