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Scott J. Simon / p. 6

a potential, a possibility for Whitehead; eternal objects are potentialities that participate in the

world.

It is worth noting that Whitehead’s metaphysics is rather pantheistic: God (or nature)

struggles toward the best for the best, but always remains imperfect (finite), thus God is in

process that affirms a scale of values which include reflectivity, creativity, intelligence, and

sensitivity. Whitehead’s God is also similar to the quantum: a qualitative pulsation progressing

toward greater temporal span and awareness.

Whitehead’s analysis and critique of Newtonian physics leads to relativity and quantum

physics. What does the results of relativity and quantum physics suggest? Whitehead’s answer is

a world that is alive and has value. Newton’s world is one in which mass particles are inert, they

do not act or transmit motion. For Whitehead, there is no homogeneity in nature, which is the

opposite of Newtonian physics.

Whitehead’s metaphysics integrates a categorical scheme which brings to bear quantum and

relativity physics, resulting in a purpose filled universe vectored toward the future. Apparently,

Whitehead’s metaphysics turns out to be nothing more or less than nature, a nature best

understood by two principles:

  • 1.

    Everything in nature has some degree of value

  • 2.

    Everything in nature is interrelated to its environment

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