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Speculative EmpiricismRevisiting Whitehead$
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Didier Debaise

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423045

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423045.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Speculative Empiricism

Didier Debaise

, Tomas Weber
Edinburgh University Press

Every reading of Process and Reality has to start by declaring the initial problem on the basis of which the book is to be interpreted. It has become clear to readers of Whitehead that different perspectives never stop reorganising the system, perspectives that determine relative and changing areas of importance, connecting problems with ever fluctuating forms. One of Process and Reality’s particularities – connected to its style and philosophical form – is that it resists being ‘surveyed’ from above, it resists readings introduced as mere explanations. As such, ‘there are distinct lineages of readers of Whitehead in accordance with different approaches. Each reader inherits one particular movement out of all the movements that the original work tangles up.’These tangles are the transformative power of the system to which one must become sensitive. An adequate reading cannot avoid taking a particular path. The only constraints are those shared by all systematic thought: coherence must be maintained.

Keywords:   Whitehead, Process and Reality, speculative empiricism

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