On the Meaning of 'Reality'


  • Murray Code University of Guelph


Naturalism; Alfred North Whitehead; Romantic poets; Indigenous thinkers


Modern physics has revealed the intractability of the problem of interpretation in so-called `exact' science, thus vindicating, at least in part, A. N. Whitehead's highly unorthodox non-modern naturalism. For his attempt to rescue life from modern self-styled naturalists points to the need for a would-be naturalist  to `let the dialectic go,' as Victor Lowe put it. That is, to enlist the `method’ of  `imaginative generalization' as the proper way to do speculative metaphysics. Whitehead’s reasonings thus in effect  illustrate a `living' (or `artful’) reason that renders otiose his elaborate attempt in Process and Reality to construct a systematic, comprehensive theory of actuality based upon a formal categoreal scheme. For his writings actually show how to frame a vitalistic metaphysics based upon a  metaphysical imaginary that revolves about the most salient characteristics of a wisely ensouled human self.




How to Cite

Code, M. (2022). On the Meaning of ’Reality’. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 18(2), 305–326. Retrieved from https://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/1038