Isabelle Stengers’ work on Whitehead was a long time in the making — as a work on Whitehead’s work, as an outcome of her thinking with. Thinking with Whitehead has 23 ratings and 2 reviews. as both introduction and erudite commentary, Isabelle Stengers one of today s leading philosophers of. THINKING WITH WHITEHEAD A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts ISABELLE STENGERS Translated by Michael Chase FOREWORD BY BRUNO LATOUR.

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The former type of note implies that the number of decisions about the itiner- ary is limited, but here it is not, for at every step other directions could have been taken, since each step yhinking in fact a decision in the heart of a labyrinth.

Reading Whitehead is a test, for he demands of his readers not only that they accept these questions, but also, and above all, that they accept the possibility that such questions are not destined to remain without an answer, the object of a meditation on the human condition, its paradoxes, and even its tragedy.


One can listen to scientists tell the story of their achieve- ments without having to challenge them, for they are situated in, and be- long to, an adventure that has nothing to say about what does not answer to its demands.

How can it be that America, nay, the Har- vard Stegers Department, provided a shelter to the most important philosopher of the twentieth century and then has utterly forgotten him? As he said this, he died, leaving his sons in perplexity, for the tsengers in question consisted of eleven camels. One of the unique aspects of Whitehead’s suggestion is that is does not contain any “bad guys,” nor an explanatory construction of continuity that refers to something we “couldn’t help.

Ghevf Bernstones rated it it was ok Jun 09, This life “within the world,” divided between public responsibilities, reformist activities, and personal research, should have yielded to peace at the age of retirement, but two years before the fateful date, Whitehead was to receive the invitation that would change the course of his life: Trivia About Thinking with Whi Yet a humor of thought was also necessary in order not to overestimate this knowledge, so as not to transform it into an instrument of judgment, to know that, unlike mathematical definitions, definitions in philosophy are just as interesting by what they deny, judge, or refuse to think, as by what they affirm.

If there is a weakness in Stengers’ rendering of Whitehead’s work, it is of wifh more generic nature, demonstrating its embeddedness in a wider cultural spirit or zeitgeist. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.


It is only because they accepted the paternal will as an unknown, because none of them claimed to know what their father “meant,” that they went to consult the old sage. At last he closed his eyes: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To what tests shall my proposition be subjected? Notify me of new posts iwabelle email. And the choice of this term accentuates a question that whjtehead constructivisms render sec- ondary. There is no doubt that material energy and spiritual energy hold together and are prolonged by something.

Mark marked it as to-read Jun 14, Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent sfengers 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? WS — dc22 To all the students who, in the course of the last few years, have taken my classes on Whitehead. For Whitehead, in contrast, science must be understood as an adventure, and an adventure never en- ables us to draw ageneral lesson. Yet they have im- posed themselves upon me as themes, in the musical sense of the term, and I thought that the index might help steengers who might encounter one of these themes in the manner of “well, here it is again” and would wonder where it has already intervened.

Mar 15, Steven Peck rated it really liked it. The goal, for her, was to be able to think about the creative power of thinkinv sciences — the path of critical epistemology was henceforth closed-— but also about their catastrophic indifference to what they judge “non-scientific.

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts by Isabelle Stengers

Dover,pp. Hardcoverpages. Why did Whitehead find it so important to avoid the bifurcation of nature in his speculative scheme? But Ethics may be conceived as conditioned and so implied by Physics if the physical is imagined concretely as a creative rush of subjectivities seeking more beautiful, more virtuous intensity of experience. Are we to believe that his concepts, formulated so long ago, miraculously conserve their relevance in a world he could not imagine?

Anyone lsabelle has some knowledge of the history and development of the reception of, and scholarship on, Whitehead will not fail to discover that Stengers is not the only one who has rediscovered this Whitehead, the Whitehead of the alternative adventure, at least within the last twenty years. The period when modern science had developed by repudiating philosophy had been fruit- ful, but as he wrote inthe threat was henceforth that science might degenerate into a “medley of ad hoc hypotheses” SMW, Margaret rated it whitehed was amazing Dec 16, The animals evolved and emphasized the superficial aspects tsengers their connexity with nature, and thus obtained tuinking manageable grip upon the world.


The speculative operation attempted by Whitehead could well be more relevant today than it was in his day, because it breaks with the claim to anonymity that inhabits us and constitutes us, still and again, as “the thinking head of humanity. There once was an old Bedouin, who, sensing that his death was immi- nent, gathered together his three sons and signified his last wishes to them. Philosophical reasoning that tries to be demonstrative in this sense could only produce an isahelle unworthy of the adventure that, for mathematicians, is constituted by the production of a demonstration.

Oxford University Press, In this way, the life aim at survival is modified into the human aim at survival for diversified worthwhile experience.

Living actuality is not a given, but an achievement won at the cost of alternatives, and maintained at the cost of the robbery of other actualities of their life. Then, after a long moment: Sometimes we need bread; sometimes wine, sometimes the isxbelle of a chemical element or hormone; sometimes the stimulus of a color; sometimes the magic of sound passing through our ears as a vibration and emerging in our brain in the form of an inspiration. The Metamorphoses of Vinciane Despret. The barking dogs constitute in themselves the proof that the caravan is passing, transporting the first fruits isagelle the irresistible conquest.

I have, however, privileged certain transversal themes that characterize the way I have inhabited the Whiteheadian movement. Anyone else with me? A creative and insightful work that will infect my thought for quite sometime. David R, Godine, The specificity of the concepts proposed by Whitehead is that, like the twelfth camel, once they have done their job, once they have transformed the way in which a situation raises a problem, they disappear without leav- ing a trace other than this transformation itself.

Sign in Create an account. Yet he did not devote himself to mathematics alone. How could one fash- ion a textual apparatus that could introduce the unforeseen nature of the objection that hinders the unfolding of a sovereign intentionality? Empirisme et pragmatisme Paris: Russell rated it liked it May 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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