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

Physics of the World-Soul: Whitehead and Cosmology (2nd edition)

I decided to revise and republish a second edition of my 2013 monograph on the relevance of Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy of organism to contemporary scientific cosmology. It should be available in paperback in a few weeks. Here is a PDF if you prefer an electronic version.

Physics of the World-Soul, second edition cover




5 responses to “Physics of the World-Soul: Whitehead and Cosmology (2nd edition)”

  1. Panpsychism and Emergentism: a discussion with ProfessorAnton – Footnotes2Plato Avatar

    […] I posted Neil Theise’s video “Complexity Theory & Panpsychism” on FaceBook last week, and Corey Anton posted a response criticizing panpsychism and defending his own emergentist perspective. Their videos are below. Corey and I have gone back and forth on this issue a number of times over the years. I posted a set of responses to Corey, also below. Much of what I discuss is further unpacked in my booklet Physics of the World-Soul. […]

  2. Towards a new root image in natural science… – Footnotes2Plato Avatar

    […] perspective seems to dovetail nicely with what I argue (with Whitehead’s help) in Physics of the World-Soul: that the paradigm shift required to make sense of self-organizing dynamics active at the […]

  3. ‘Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine’ by Alan Lightman – Footnotes2Plato Avatar

    […] That said, modern materialistic cosmology must find a way to make room for human meaning and consciousness. Our meaning-making must of course be informed by modern scientific discoveries, but it cannot be explained away as entirely illusory. [I unpack Whitehead’s attempt to make room in Physics of the World-Soul (2016)]. […]

  4. Consciousness between Science and Philosophy (response to Philip Goff on panpsychism) – Footnotes2Plato Avatar

    […] tl;dr Panpsychism = All is psyche, which is to say human consciousness and visible Nature take place within the World-So… […]

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