Insights and Oversights of Great Thinkers: An Evaluation of Western Philosophy

Idealistic Studies 15 (1):78-80 (1985)

For over sixty years, Charles Hartshorne has persistently and vigorously presented his distinctive philosophic position in a great number of places and on a great number of occasions. He has also been mainly responsible for the growing interest that thinkers in multiple fields have taken in Whitehead’s writings; has sparked a reexamination of the ontological argument; and has prompted a number of theologians to consider alternatives to traditional positions. Due to him “process philosophy” is a familiar term and an option to consider seriously. Boldly challenging philosophers of every persuasion, unflinchingly objecting to basic assumptions of a number of well-entrenched schools, he has argued that his theistic antitrinitarian psychalism is not only a possible or even a plausible view, but the only view that is both properly defended and sound. Although he has not written a systematic treatise, and thus has not faced himself with the problem of seeing what his doctrines entail and where they face serious difficulties, he has dealt with almost every philosophic issue on some occasion, in relation to his own theses.
Keywords Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0046-8541
DOI 10.5840/idstudies19851518
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