A.N. Whitehead and subjectivity

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/sub.2008.4

URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/sub/journal/v22/n...

Abstract

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.

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