Healthy Future or Planetary Catastrophe?
Might Process Philosophy Help?
In this course Dr. Cobb presents a series of ten lectures that critically examine our current condition and constructively propose an alternative for the future, informed primarily by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from one of the world's foremost experts in process thought, and together think through some of humanity's greatest challenges.
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The course assumes that participants are aware that humanity is in dire straits. We will spend very little time describing what is happening to soil, air, forests, grasslands, fresh water, oceans, the ocean level, and climates. The problems are now beginning to have drastic consequences for some people. More are being affected every day. Other species of animals are already dying off at a rapid rate. Some say we are entering a new geological age. In any case, we should be able to agree that “the modern world” is unsustainable and is crashing down around us. Rather than accepting this crash as the last word, we can notice and encourage the emergence of a new civilization, built on the best of modernity, but founded on a different foundation. Some of us call it “an ecological civilization.”
Some people see the losses that are already occurring, and view catastrophes of unimaginable proportions as inevitable. Some fail even to look, and they plan to continue modern militaristic nationalism, mechanistic materialism, and neo-economic liberalism with its consequences in global financial capitalism. This course is for people who see that modernity in that sense speeds us toward self-destruction. They are open to considering a post-modern alternative that could work for the common good. Indeed, focusing on what is still possible may lead to mitigating the now inescapable suffering. I want to show how Whitehead’s philosophy offers that kind of alternative. The following ten titles together with their explanatory paragraphs provide an overview of what will be presented.
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