Whitehead & Marxism:
Selected Bibliography

compiled by Ralph Dumain

Allan, George James. "The 'Conning of History'" in Hegel and Whitehead: Contemporary Perspectives on Systematic Philosophy, ed. George R. Lucas, Jr., Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986.

Allan, George James. A Whiteheadian Approach to the Philosophy of History.  Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Services, 1963.

Basin, Yevgeny. Semantic Philosophy of Art, translated from the Russian by Christopher English. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1979. See Chapter V: The Neo-Realistic Philosophy of Symbolism and Art: A. N. Whitehead, pp. 97-119.

Curtis, Richard. “Process Via Marx: Marx's Potential Contribution to Whiteheadian Social Theory,” Process Studies, Spring-Summer 2003; 32(1): 106-120.

Johnson, A. H. "The Social Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead," Journal of Philosophy, vol. 40, no. 10, (May 13, 1943), pp. 261-271.

Kleinbach, Russell L. Marx via Process: Whitehead’s Potential Contribution to Marxian Social Theory. Washington: University Press of America, 1982.

Marsh, James L. Process, Praxis, and Transcendence.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Marsh, James L; Hamrick, William S. “Whitehead And Marx: Toward a Political Metaphysics,” Philosophy Today, Fall 1984; 28: 191-202.

Morris, Randal C. Process Philosophy and Political Ideology: The Social and Political Thought of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne.  Albany, State University of New York Press, 1991.

Morris, Randall C. "Whitehead and the New Liberals on Social Progress," Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 51, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1990), pp. 75-92.

Muray, Leslie A. Review of Process Philosophy and Political Ideology: The Social and Political Thought of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, by Randall C. Morris, Process Studies, Volume 20, Number 1 (1991): 59-61. 

Needham, Joseph. "A Biologists View of Whitehead's Philosophy," in The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, ed. Paul Arthur Schlipp, (New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1951), pp. 243-271. 

Parsons, Howard L. “History as Viewed by Marx and Whitehead,” Christian Scholar,  Fall 1967; 50: 273-289.

Pixley, George V. “Justice and Class Struggle: A Challenge for Process Theology,” Process Studies, Fall 1974; 4: 159-175.

Pixley, George V. “Whitehead y Marx Sobre la Dinamica de la Historia,” Dialogos, April-June 1970; 7: 83-107.

Pomeroy, Anne.  Marx and Whitehead: Process, Dialectics and the Critique of Capitalism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.

Smith, James Leroy. “On Whitehead, Marx, and the Nature of Political Philosophy,” Tulane Studies in Philosophy, 1975; 24: 101-112.

Wells, Harry K. Process and Unreality: A Criticism of Method in Whitehead's Philosophy. New York: King's Crown Press, 1950. (Published also as thesis, Columbia University.) Preface: pp. v-xiv.

Williamson, Clark M. “Whitehead as Counterrevolutionary: Toward Christian-Marxist Dialogue,” Process Studies, Fall 1974; 4: 176-186.

Winslow, Ted. Keynes’s Economics: A Political Economy as Moral Science Approach to Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy. Paper prepared for presentation to Research Network Alternative Macroeconomic Policies 9th Conference - Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies - Alternatives to the Orthodoxy, Berlin, 28 - 29 October 2005.

Winslow, Ted. Marx on the Relation between “Justice”, “Freedom” and “Capabilities”. Paper prepared for presentation to 2006 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association.


There are also brief mentions and/or criticisms of Whitehead (and/or Needham) in:

Caudwell, Christopher. “Reality: A Study in Bourgeois Philosophy,” in Studies in a Dying Culture (London: Bodley Head, 1938).

Cornforth, Maurice. Science versus Idealism: In Defence of Philosophy against Positivism and Pragmatism (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Publishers, 1975), Chapter 13: Dialectical Materialism, pp. 219-263.  See the section: Materialism versus Idealism in the Conception of Change and Development.

Dumain, Ralph. "Taoism & the Tao of Bourgeois Philosophy" [Review of: Clarke, J. J.  The Tao of the West: Western Transformations of Taoist Thought]. 23 May 2005.

Levi, Albert William. Philosophy as Social Expression (Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 1974), Chapter 6, "Conclusion: Philosophy's Historic Fate: Museum Pieces, Messages, and Classics," pp. 301-318.

Sellars, Roy Wood. Reflections on American Philosophy From Within (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1969), Chapter 8—Intersecting Dialectical Materialism, pp. 101-117.


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