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This chapter wants to point to three deficiencies in Alfred North Whitehead?s thought that might explain why Hans Jonas did not go all the way with him, and also might cast some light on why Jonas took the independent line he did. The first deficiency concerns Whitehead?s theory of human subjective, conscious experience, a major topic for Lubarsky. The chapter begins by clarifying a point in Whiteheadian metaphysics. The second deficiency in Whitehead?s view is that his conception of God is simply unworkable. Process theology explicitly rejects divine creation in any sense beyond being the source for order, the response to which is up to the other entities. Jonas saw something deep and undeniable in the ancient theme of divine creation. This brings the author to the third deficiency in Whitehead?s theory, namely with regard to the problem of the one and the many.

Keywords: Alfred North Whitehead; divine creation; God; Hans Jonas; metaphysics



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