A.N. Whitehead and subjectivity

Paul Stenner

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Abstract

This paper comes at subjectivity from a Whiteheadian perspective. It argues that Whitehead provides us with a “deep” form of empiricism grounded in the notion of the “actual occasion” of experience and in the temporal and spatial co-assembly of multiplicities of such occasions. A deep empiricism that embraces process, affirms creativity, foregrounds value and refuses to bifurcate nature into irreconcilable subjective and objective aspects, it is argued, might serve as a useful corrective to current tendencies in social theory to avoid subjectivity and to elide the differences between forms of subjectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-109
Number of pages20
JournalSubjectivity
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008

Keywords

  • Whitehead
  • subjectivity
  • deep empiricism
  • critical psychology
  • experience
  • process

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