Feeling the Universe: Myth and Reenchantment in Whitehead's Cosmology John Buchanan

In his presentation, John Buchanan will look at two major conference themes from the perspective of Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy. First, he will explore the sources of the modern "disenchantment" of the world, and then illustrate how a Whiteheadian corrective can point the way towards a postmodern reenchantment - one that is experiential in nature, yet formulated on rationally comprehensible premises. Second, the notion of an empowering "Myth" for "Our Times" is raised. After considering what might constitute some of the critical dimensions of such a Myth, he will play with some cosmological themes from Whitehead's philosophy to see if it might have any significant contributions to make in this regard.