Process in Reality: A logical offering

Joseph E. Brenner

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.2005.012

Abstract


The conjunction of process and reality is familiar from the original theory of A. N. Whitehead and the subsequent development of process philosophy and metaphysics by Nicholas Rescher. Classical logic, however, is either ignored or stated to be inappropriate to a discussion of process. In this paper, I will show that the value of a process view of reality can be enhanced by reference to a new, transconsistent logic of reality that is grounded in the physical properties of energy in its various forms. These properties justify a principle of dynamic antagonism or opposition that explicates the phenomena of change at all levels of reality. It can be, accordingly, a preferred logic for understanding the dynamics of real processes.

Keywords


actualization; contradiction; energy; implication; included middle; logic; potentialization; process; reality

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