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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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Creativity as Ultimate Principle

Creativity as Ultimate Principle

(p.21) 3 Creativity as Ultimate Principle
Speculative Empiricism

Didier Debaise

, Tomas Weber
Edinburgh University Press

Whitehead writes that ‘[i]n all philosophic theory there is an ultimate’ It would be difficult to find a case study in Process and Reality, a description of the functioning of a philosophy’s ultimate principle. The only example that can be found is a succession of terms: ‘In monistic philosophies, Spinoza’s or absolute idealism, this ultimate is God, who is also equivalently termed “The Absolute”’. Whitehead says no more of it. But how does this ultimate work? Why has he been able to identify it with the ‘absolute’ or with ‘God’? These questions remain unanswered. It is possible, however, to reconstruct a discourse of the absolute by taking a detour to connect a few separate elements.

Keywords:   Ultimate Principle, Whitehead, Bergson, Speculative philosophy

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