Creativity and Its Discontents:
The Response to Whitehead’s Process and Reality

A compilation of various reviews and articles concerning Whitehead's Process and Reality.

"I do not expect a good reception from professional philosophers" wrote Whitehead in 1929, immediately after the publication of Process and Reality. Indeed, it took nearly thirty years before scholars seriously started to try to decipher the book taken as a whole. And there remains today "professional" Whiteheadians who claim that this work can-or even should-be bracketed by anyone wishing to get a clear picture of Whiteheads true speculative agenda. Creativity and Its Discontents aims to provide evidence of the conditions for this state of affairs by gathering and contextualizing all the major reviews (translated where need be) of Process and Reality: its original 1929 edition, its various translations (some of them still ongoing) and its 1978 corrected edition. It is designed as the ideal tool to accompany the recently published Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought.


Introduction by Michel Weber

1. CUP and Macmillan Editions, 1929
1.1 Lewis Mumford. “Metaphysics and Art. Review of Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology"
1.2 Axton Clark. “Ringing the Knell of Nineteenth Century Materialism.”
1.3 Benjamin Ginzburg. “Mr. Whitehead’s Living Universe.”
1.4 F. S. C. Northrop. “A New Philosophy. Review of The Sciences of Philosophy, by J.S. Haldane, and Process and Reality, by Alfred North Whitehead.”
1.5 Henry N. Wieman. “A Philosophy of Religion.”
1.6 J. D. Mabbott. “Whitehead and Relativity.”
1.7 H. Wildon Carr. “Professor Whitehead’s World-Building.”
1.8 Ernest Nagel. “Review of Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology and The Function of Reason.”
1.9 F. S. Marvin. “Prof. Whitehead’s Philosophy. Review of Process and Reality: an Essay in Cosmology. (Gifford Lectures delivered in the University of Edinburgh during the Session 1927–1928.)"
1.10 Susan L. Stebbing. “Review of Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality.”
1.11 A. E. Taylor. “Some Thoughts on Process and Reality.”
1.12 Montgomery Belgion. “Review of Process and Reality: An Essay In Cosmology.”
1.13 Merritt Hadden Moore. “Mr. Whitehead’s Philosophy.”
1.14 Arthur E. Murphy. “Permanence in a Changing World.”

2. Macmillan Reprint, 1960
2.1 Carl Fjellman. “Review of Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality."

3. Free Press Corrected Edition, 1978
3.1 Schubert M. Ogden. “Review of Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology."
3.2 William A. Christian, Sr. “Review of Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology."
3.3 David E. Connor. “Review of Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Corrected Edition"
3.4 T. E. Burke. “Review of Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality (corrected edition)."
3.5 Jorge Luis Nobo. “Review of Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality. Corrected Edition"

4. Translations
4.1 Spanish Translation (1956) Reviewed by Juan D. García Bacca, 1956
4.2 Italian Translation (1965) Reviewed by A. Guzzo, 1965
4.3 Italian Translation (1965) Reviewed by Sandro Travaglia, 1966
4.4 German Translation (1979) Reviewed by Ernest Wolf-Gazo, 1979
4.5 French Translation (1995) Reviewed by Michel Weber, 1998

5. Bibliographies
5.1 American and English-speaking Scholarship on PR compiled by Steve Hulbert and John Quiring
5.2 Dutch-speaking Scholarship on PR by André Cloots
5.3 French-speaking Scholarship on PR by Michel Weber
5.4 German-speaking Scholarship on PR by Helmut Maaßen
5.5 Portuguese Reception of PR by Luís Morais
5.6 Spanish Reception of PR: García Bacca on Whitehead by Juan V. Mayoral de Lucas

SOURCE: Creativity and Its Discontents: The Response to Whitehead’s Process and Reality, edited by Alan Wyk and Michel Weber. Walter De Gruyter, 2009. (Process Thought; volume 9)

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