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A.N. Whitehead and subjectivity

Stenner, P. (2008). A.N. Whitehead and subjectivity. Subjectivity, 22(1) pp. 90–109.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1755-635X
Extra Information: This article was included in the special launch issue of this journal, an issue which included a high-profile group of very influential international authors, including Annemarie Mol, Isabelle Stengers, Lynne Layton, Margaret Wetherell, Nigel Thrift and Thomas Csordas, see
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 30142
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 16:21
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 15:50
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