“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
–Alfred North Whitehead

Building Shared Environments: Towards a Pluriversal Theory and Practice

The videos below are philosophical dialogues, first with the artist and YouTuber Mike Vahl and second with Professor Corey Anton. Both a relevant preface for the third video on pluralism and process-relational cosmology, which is largely a response to the recent blogosphere pluralism wars:




4 responses to “Building Shared Environments: Towards a Pluriversal Theory and Practice”

  1. Adam Robbert Avatar
    Adam Robbert

    That’s an interesting exchange with Prof. Anton. So what do you think: Doesn’t a thorough going ontological pluralism in fact cut against the “pan-” of “panexperientialism”?

    1. Matthew David Segall Avatar

      What is pluralism protecting against undue assimilation into a homogeneous totality if not a diversity of experiential creatures? I mean it seems like what Whitehead calls “value-experience” is where difference comes to matter. Saying everything is real still begs the question as to what it means to count as real. I’m pretty convinced by Whitehead’s wager that the reality of a thing and the value-experience of a thing are synonymous.

  2. Matthew David Segall Avatar

    dmf, I am in favor of a naturalization of phenomenology, though it would be the “naturalism 2/temporal naturalism” that Smolin argues for. I think Shapiro’s account of Whitehead helps show what this might look like: Kant’s account of human being’s inner and outer intuitions must be extended to apply to all beings (at least all biological beings, if not more radically to all beings, as in an ontology of organism: https://footnotes2plato.com/2012/12/11/space-time-in-an-ontology-of-organism-the-relevance-of-whiteheads-philosophy-of-organism-to-contemporary-scientific-cosmology/).

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