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Novelty in Twentieth-Century French and Process Philosophy: Contours and Conversations

Macallan, Brian (2019) Novelty in Twentieth-Century French and Process Philosophy: Contours and Conversations. Process Studies, 48 (2). pp. 279-295. ISSN 0360-6503

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Abstract

One of the key features of process thinking is the focus on the emergence of novelty. It might be argued that this is one of the central features of Whitehead’s metaphysics. Novelty is also one of the central features of French philosophy in the twentieth century, making it an important conversation partner for process thinking. This overlapping emphasis has much to do with Bergson’s influence, both on French and process philosophy, but that is not the sole reason. This connection makes it unsurprising that there is creative potential for cross- pollination between French and process philosophy. This conversation has already been taking place, most notably with Bergson and Deleuze. By illustrating these points of connection between French and process philosophy, particularly around the common theme of novelty, it is hoped this conversation will continue.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Novelty, French Philosophy, Process Philosophy, Whitehead
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Brian Macallan
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2019 22:53
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 02:41
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3821

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