Virtual conference: Friday and Saturday,
16–17 September 2022, 8:00am–1:00pm PDT (UTC-7)
This free, two-day virtual conference, co-hosted by WRP and Gonzaga University, examined the significance of the second volume of the Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Alfred North Whitehead.
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Conference video recordings
All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Friday, September 16
|8–8:30am||Opening Session and Welcome|
|8:30–9am||Silvia Zanelli – Coalescence and Concrescence: Between Eternal Objects and Actual Occasions|
|9–9:30am||Christian Frigerio – Tackling the Concrete: Whitehead’s Organic Empiricism and the Role of Practice|
|9:30–10am||Maria Regina Brioschi – Reason in Action: The Place of Dewey in Whitehead’s Harvard Lectures|
|10–10:30am||Enrico Monacelli – Transcendence and Concreteness: Jean Wahl’s Reception of Whitehead’s Philosophy of Experience|
|11–11:30am||Joan D. Caywood – Indexing Whitehead|
|11:30–Noon||Paul Bogaard – From a Philosophy of Evolution to a Philosophy of Organism|
|Noon–12:30pm||Philippe Gagnon – Assessing Whitehead’s ‘Biological Turn’|
|12:30–1pm||Daniel Bella & Milan Stürmer – Fill in the Blanks: Social Ethics between Environment and Inheritance|
Saturday, September 17
|8–8:30am||Matthew David Segall – Standing Firm in the Flux: On Whitehead’s Eternal Objects|
|8:30–9am||Landon D. C. Elkind – Using HL2 to Connect the Dots between Symbolism and Principia Mathematica|
|9–9:30am||Alessia Giacone – The Path to Understanding: Relation and Solidarity in Whitehead’s Metaphysics|
|9:30–10am||George R. Lucas, Jr. – Reappraising Whitehead’s Engagement with Other Modern Philosophers|
|10:30–11am||Daniel Dombrowski – The Dipolar Character of Being in Plato and Whitehead|
|11–11:30am||Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter – Whitehead’s ‘Big Science’ of Process|
(Note: this paper was not presented due to illness)
|11:30–Noon||Ronny Desmet – Whitehead’s 1925 View of Function and Time|
Questions? Contact Joe Petek at .
The first volume of Whitehead’s Harvard lectures, published in early 2017 as The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1924–1925: Philosophical Presuppositions of Science (HL1), established that Whitehead used his Harvard classroom to test out his philosophical ideas, a conclusion supported by the fact that Whitehead would later write in the preface to Process and Reality that “In the expansion of these lectures to the dimensions of the present book, I have been greatly indebted to the critical difficulties suggested by the members of my Harvard classes” (xiv–xv).
Through a careful reading of this first year of Whitehead’s lectures, the anthology Whitehead at Harvard: 1924–1925—based on the ninth WRP conference “Whitehead Revealed: Examining Whitehead’s First Year of Harvard Lectures”—showed Whitehead’s indebtedness to Harvard colleague Lawrence J. Henderson, explored his ventures into cutting-edge quantum theory, re-examined his relationship with Plato, Kant, and Hartshorne, and challenged longstanding theories about the development of his thought, such as Lewis Ford’s “temporal atomism” thesis.
With the January 2021 publication of the second volume of Whitehead’s Harvard lectures as The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1925–1927: General Metaphysical Problems of Science (HL2), scholars now have access to the laboratory of Whitehead’s classroom for his second and third years in America, from the time just after the publication of his Science and the Modern World, through his delivery of the 1926 Lowell lectures that would become Religion in the Making, and up to his delivery of the Barbour-Page lectures that would become Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect.