Mind in Nature
Bridging Process Philosophy and Neoplatonism
The anthology Mind in Nature: Bridging Process Philosophy and Neoplatonism (edited by Maria-Teresa Teixeira, Aljoscha Berve, and Moirika Reker) is scheduled for release on February 2021.
This collection of essays written by leading Whitehead scholars bridges two important philosophical movements in Western philosophy separated by many centuries: Neo-Platonism and Process Philosophy. It focuses on a variety of topics, which can be found in both theories, including creativity, temporality, holism, potentiality, causality, evolution, organism, and multiplicities. They all concur with an integral, natural worldview, showing that wholeness, complexity, and indivisibility are prevalent in Nature.
All in all, it brings together Neo-Platonism and Process Philosophy through the impact the former had on the latter. This volume shows that process philosophy can contribute to an integral worldview as it draws on ancient philosophy, setting new paradigms for novel approaches to nature, science and metaphysics.
Michael Wagner 1952-2020 vii
List of Abbreviations ix
The End of Final Causality in Plotinus’ Process Understanding of Nature
and Order 1
Michael F. Wagner
Uneasy Rapprochement of the Neoplatonic Eternity and Christian
Historicity in the Thought of Ioane 30
Schopenhauer and Platonic Metaphysics. Towards a New Interpretation of the World as Will and Representation 39
Carlos João Correia
Whitehead’s Appropriation of Plato’s χωρα: Its Meaning and Effect for a Philosophy of Natural Experience 50
Unity and Multiplicity: The Road to Openness. Plotinus in Henri Bergson’s Thought 59
Magda Costa Carvalho
A Bergsonian Reading of Plotinus’ Theory of Time 75
José C. Baracat Jr.
The Unity between Beauty and Good: Ethics of Contemplation and the Creation of Gardens 86
Infinity and Unity: From Eriugena to Whitehead 96
The World ‘Hangs Together’: Nature, Non-Being, and Infinity in John Scotus Eriugena and Alfred North Whitehead 111
God and Creation in A.N. Whitehead and Dionysius the Areopagite 121
Saint Augustine’s Numerical Aesthetics in the Light of Process Metaphysics 138
Ana Rita Ferreira
Nature With or Without Mind? – Science and the View from Nowhere in the 19th Century 148
Symbolism and Dialogue: The Language of Discovery 166
The Concepts of “Creation” in the Late Philosophy of A. N. Whitehead 184
A Process of Merging the Interior and Exterior Reality: A Short View on the Structure of Credition 201