Butler on Whitehead On the Occasion

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-22
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This volume is based on the first set of formal conversations which brings together the dynamic philosophies of two eminent thinkers: Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead. Each has drawn from a wide palette of disciplines to develop distinctive theories of becoming, of syntactical violence, and creative opportunities of limitation. In bringing together internationally renowned interpreters of Butler and Whitehead from a variety of fields and disciplines-philosophy, rhetoric, gender and queer studies, religion, literary and political theory-the editors hope to set a standard for the relevance of interdisciplinary philosophical discourse today. This volume offers a unique contribution to and for the humanities in the struggles of politics, economy, ecology, and the arts, by reaching beyond their closed circles toward understandings that may serve as the basis for the activation of humanity today. Considered together, Butler and Whitehead delineate a whole new cadre of approaches to long-standing problems as well as never-before asked questions in the humanities.

Author Biography

Roland Faber is Kils by Family/John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Process Studies at Claremont Lincoln University and Claremont School of Theology and professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University, as well as the executive codirector of the Center for Process Studies and executive director of the Whitehead Research Project, founded in 2007. Michael Halewood is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex: Deena M. Lin is a PhD candidate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Butler on Whitehead
On This Occasion ...p. 3
After Performativity: On Concern and Critiquep. 19
Provocative Reflections: Judith Butler on Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Moral Obligationsp. 29
Butler and Whitehead
Undoing and Unknowing: Judith Butler in Processp. 43
Adventure and Risk: Exploring Creative Possibility for True Ethical Responsibilityp. 61
Coming Out with Butler and Whitehead: Opacity, Apophasis, and the Phallacy of Misplaced Closetnessp. 75
The Feeling of What Matters: Vectors of Power in Butler and Whiteheadp. 87
Khora and Violence: Revisiting Butler with Whiteheadp. 105
Modes of Violence: Deleuze, Whitehead, Butler and the Challenges of Dialoguep. 127
Language, the Body, and the Problem of Significationp. 145
The Objects Have Been Equal to the Occasionp. 165
On Butler on Mourning
Prehending Precarity: Presenting a Social Ontology That Feels Beyond the Framep. 185
Which Lives Are Grievable?p. 201
Loss of "Self," Grievability of Life, and Reharmonizing Political Potentialp. 219
"A Tender Care that Nothing Be Lost"ùUniversal Salvation and Eternal Loss in Butler and Whitehead?p. 239
Occasioned by "On This Occasion": More Thoughts on Butler and Whiteheadp. 249
The Inappropriate Tenderness of the Divine: Mono No Aware and the Recovery of Loss in Whitehead's Axiologyp. 259
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 293
About the Contributorsp. 303
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