Process Philosophy: Is the World a Thing or a Process?

Ref: C3743056

Championed by A.N. Whitehead and Henri Bergson, Process philosophy developed during the 20th century as a challenge to traditional assumptions about what the world is and how we should think about it. Its central premise is that we should not think of the world as comprised of present, concrete things/objects, but of dynamic, temporally extended processes. There are no things, there are only processes. This proposed shift in thinking, if correct, has huge implications for the way we think about science, philosophy and the human mind. The course will explore Process philosophy and its wider implications, particularly for our understanding of the human mind.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to process philosophy through the work of Bergson, Whitehead and others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe what Process philosophy is.
  • Understand and describe the basic claims of Bergson and Whitehead.
  • Demonstrate philosophical reflection, argument and discussion.
  • Outline the implications of Process philosophy to issues in the philosophy of mind.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Process Philosophy: Is the World a Thing or a Process?

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