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Brian G. Henning
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    Beyond Mechanism: Putting Life Back Into Biology.Brian G. Henning & Adam Scarfe - 2013 - Lexington Books.
    It has been said that new discoveries and developments in the human, social, and natural sciences hang “in the air” (Bowler, 1983; 2008) prior to their consummation. While neo-Darwinist biology has been powerfully served by its mechanistic metaphysic and a reductionist methodology in which living organisms are considered machines, many of the chapters in this volume place this paradigm into question. Pairing scientists and philosophers together, this volume explores what might be termed “the New Frontiers” of biology, namely contemporary areas (...)
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    The Ethics of Food, Fuel, and Feed.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - Daedalus 144 (4):90-98.
    As the collective impact of human activity approaches Earth’s biophysical limits, the ethics of food become increasingly important. Hundreds of millions of people remain undernourished, yet only 60 percent of the global harvest is consumed by humans, while 35 percent is fed to livestock and 5 percent is used for biofuels and other industrial products. This essay considers the ethics of such use of edible nutrition for feedstock and biofuel. How humanity uses Earth’s land is a reflection of its values. (...)
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  3. Is There an Ethics of Creativity?Brian G. Henning - 2006 - Chromatikon: Annales de la Philosophie En Procès / Yearbook of Philosophy in Process 2:161-173.
    Is there an ethics of creativity? Though this question appears innocent enough, it proves surprisingly difficult to answer. A survey of the literature on the topic reveals that process ethics has variously been categorized as or seen as compatible with: moral interest theory, ecological virtue ethics, utilitarianism, Confucian virtue ethics, and even deontology. What can account for such divergent and even contradictory conclusions? On one level we might blame Whitehead, whose sporadic comments on morality may appear to be more suggestive (...)
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    Trusting in the 'Efficacy of Beauty': A Kalocentric Approach to Moral Philosophy.Brian G. Henning - 2009 - Ethics and the Environment 14 (1):pp. 101-128.
    Although debates over carbon taxes and trading schemes, over carbon offsets and compact fluorescents are important, our efforts to address the environmental challenges that we face will fall short unless and until we also set about the difficult work of reconceiving who we are and how we are related to our processive cosmos. What is needed, I argue, are new ways of thinking and acting grounded in new ways of understanding ourselves and our relationship to the world, ways of understanding (...)
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  5. Stewardship and the Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Reflections on Laudato Si’.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - In Cobb Jr & Ignacio Castuera (eds.), For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si’. Process Century Press. pp. 41-51.
    My goal in this brief essay is not so much to defend White's controversial thesis, but to use it as a context for appreciating the significance of Pope Francis's new encyclical Laudato Si’. Considering it in the context of White’s thesis, will bring certain salient features into relief.
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    The Ethics of Creativity: Beauty, Morality, and Nature in a Processive Cosmos.Brian G. Henning - 2005 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    A central concern of nearly every environmental ethic is its desire to extend the scope of direct moral concern beyond human beings to plants, nonhuman animals, and the systems of which they are a part. Although nearly all environmental philosophies have long since rejected modernity’s conception of individuals as isolated and independent substances, few have replaced this worldview with an alternative that is adequate to the organic, processive world in which we find ourselves. In this context, Brian G. Henning argues (...)
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    Is There an Ethics of Creativity?Brian G. Henning - 2006 - Chromatikon: Annales de la Philosophie En Procès / Yearbook of Philosophy in Process 2:161-173.
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    Recovering the Adventure of Ideas: In Defense of Metaphysics as Revisable, Systematic, Speculative Philosophy.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29 (4):437.
    My aim in this article is twofold. First, I hope to show that, despite its seeming rehabilitation, metaphysics as systematic, speculative philosophy is no less threatened. Second, I will argue that metaphysics as systematic, speculative philosophy is ultimately revisable. That is, metaphysics is not (or should not be) the aim at a closed system of apodictic truths but, rather, an open-ended, fallibilistic pursuit of ever- more-adequate accounts of reality. Specifically, building on the work of Charles Sanders Peirce and Alfred North (...)
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    Alfred North Whitehead and Yi Yulgok: Toward a Process-Confucian Spirituality in Korea. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2007 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 35 (106):72-74.
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    Moral Vegetarianism.Brian G. Henning - 2016 - Process Studies 45 (2):236-249.
    In this article the work of a recent critic of moral vegetarianism is analyzed: Andrew F. Smith. Smith s work is significant for process thinkers who defend moral vegetarianism for various reasons. One of these is that he forces process thinkers to consider in more depth Whitehead’s view of plant ontology; another is that Smith adds insightfully to the conversation within process thought regarding the relationship between claims regarding animal rights and the ecoholistic concerns of environmental ethicists.
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    Ecological Ethics and the Human Soul: Aquinas, Whitehead, and the Metaphysics of Value. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2009 - Process Studies 38 (2):412-415.
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    The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, Michael J. Sandel The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering Sandel Michael J. Belknap of Harvard UP, Cambridge. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2011 - The Pluralist 6 (2):110-114.
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    Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):273-275.
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    Saving Whitehead’s Universe of Value.Brian G. Henning - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (4):447-465.
    While most scholars readily recognize that Alfred North Whitehead had deep and penetrating misgivings about the substantial view of individuality, fewer note that these misgivings stem as much from axiological considerations as ontological ones. I contend that, taken in the context of the “classical interpretation” of his metaphysics, Whitehead’s bold affirmation that actuality and value are coextensive introduces a potentially serious problem for the adequacy and applicability of his axiology. For if actuality is coextensive with valuebut actuality is itself limited (...)
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    Consenting to God and Nature: Toward a Theocentric, Naturalistic, Theological Ethics.Brian G. Henning - 2009 - Process Studies 38 (1):139-142.
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    Consenting to God and Nature: Toward a Theocentric, Naturalistic, Theological Ethics. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2007 - Process Studies 36 (2):345-348.
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    Unearthing the Process Roots of Environment Ethics: Whitehead, Leopold, and the Land Ethic.Brian G. Henning - 2016 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):3-12.
    The aim of this essay is twofold. First, I examine the role of Alfred North Whitehead and process thinkers in bringing about and shaping the field of environmental ethics. As we will see, our job is not so much to develop the connections between Whitehead and environmental thought as to recover them. Second, given this genealogical work, I invite process scholars to reconsider their generally hostile reception of Aldo Leopold and his land ethic. I suggest that a version of the (...)
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    From the Anthropocene to the Ecozoic: Philosophy and Global Climate Change.Brian G. Henning - 2016 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 40 (1):284-295.
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    The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, Michael J. Sandel. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2011 - The Pluralist 6 (2):110-114.
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    Animals, Ethics, and Process Thought: Hierarchy Without Anthroparchy.Brian G. Henning - 2013 - Process Studies 42 (2):221-239.
    Hierarchical views of nature have for centuries been used to justify the enslaving of peoples perceived as inferior, the often violent and coercive “reeducation” of indigenous peoples, the patriarchal subjugation of women, the cruel use of nonhuman animals for often trivial purposes, and the wanton destruction of the natural world. I join those who condemned the oppressive nature of these forms of hierarchical thinking. Yet, I fear that, in their effort to right past wrongs, too many thinkers are in danger (...)
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    “Trusting in the ‘Efficacy of Beauty’.Brian G. Henning - 2010 - Process Studies 39 (2):374-375.
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    Environmental Ethics.Brian G. Henning - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (4):583-584.
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    Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (1):164-166.
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    On the Possibility of a Whiteheadian Aesthetics of Morals.Brian G. Henning - 2002 - Process Studies 31 (2):97-114.
    Process philosophy has traditionally focused predominantly on ontology and cosmology. However, in the closing decades of the twentieth century, the scope of its application broadened significantly to include areas such as theology, physics, biology, psychology, and even education. But, one area that was not so fortunate is ethics. Process philosophy, nonetheless, has the potential to make a unique contribution to the state of ethical theory, which, having the support of a process ontology, could avoid many of the pitfalls which plague (...)
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    Peterson, Martin. The Dimensions of Consequentialism: Ethics, Equality and Risk.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. 217. $90.00. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2015 - Ethics 125 (3):900-905.
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    Making Morality: Pragmatist Reconstruction in Ethical Theory. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2003 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 31 (96):21-23.
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    Making Morality.Brian G. Henning - 2003 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 31 (96):21-23.
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    The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Review). [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2011 - The Pluralist 6 (2):110-114.
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    Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century. [REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (4):583-584.
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    Saving Whitehead’s Universe of Value: An “Ecstatic” Challenge to the Classical Interpretation.Brian G. Henning - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (4):447-465.
    While most scholars readily recognize that Alfred North Whitehead had deep and penetrating misgivings about the substantial view of individuality, fewer note that these misgivings stem as much from axiological considerations as ontological ones. I contend that, taken in the context of the “classical interpretation” of his metaphysics, Whitehead’s bold affirmation that actuality and value are coextensive introduces a potentially serious problem for the adequacy and applicability of his axiology. For if actuality is coextensive with valuebut actuality is itself limited (...)
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    Process and Morality.Brian G. Henning - 2008 - In Weber (ed.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. De Gruyter. pp. 198-206.
    Whereas traditional ethical theories limit morality to the relations between human beings, Whitehead seems committed to a fundamentally different model. Yet despite the longstanding consensus among process scholars that Whitehead’s philosophy of organism provides an ideal ground for a rich moral philosophy, particularly one encompassing ecological concerns, there is a relative dearth of scholarship on the topic. What is more, among those who do engage in such scholarship, there seems to be no agreement as to how to classify Whitehead’s ethics, (...)
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  32. Beyond Metaphysics?: Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead’s Late Thought.Roland Faber, Brian G. Henning & Clinton Combs (eds.) - 2010 - Rodopi.
    Alfred North Whitehead’s interpreters usually pay less attention to his later monographs and essays. Process and Reality is taken to be the definitive center of the Whiteheadian universe and the later works, thereby, appear to many only as applications or elaborations of themes already introduced earlier. Yet, is it also possible that the dominance of this perspective has obscured or even distorted further creative developments of Whitehead’s thought? This volume offers a sort of Copernican revolution in Whitehead interpretation, methodologically and (...)
     
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    A Genuine Ethical Universe: Beauty, Morality, and Nature in a Processive Cosmos.Brian G. Henning - 2003 - Dissertation, Fordham University
    This project develops and defends a holistic, organic ethical theory grounded firmly in Whitehead's aesthetico-metaphysics of process. The seminal insight of this ethic, which I refer to as the Ethics of Creativity, is the fundamental sense of beauty and value at the base of existence; there is no vacuous, valueless existence. As a result of this starting point, it is this project's contention that it is not enough for an ethical theory merely to prescribe how we ought to interact with (...)
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  34. Being in America: Sixty Years of the Metaphysical Society.Brian G. Henning & David Kovacs (eds.) - 2014 - Editions Rodopi.
    Since its founding in 1950, the Metaphysical Society of America has remained a pluralistic community dedicated to rigorous philosophical inquiry into the most basic metaphysical questions. At each year’s conference, the presidential address offers original insights into metaphysical questions. Both the insights and the questions are as perennial as they are relevant to contemporary philosophers. This volume collects eighteen of the finest representatives from those presidential addresses, including contributions from George Allan, Richard Bernstein, Norris Clarke, Vincent Colapietro, Frederick Ferré, Jorge (...)
     
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  35. Creative Love: Eros and Agape in Whitehead and Peirce.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - In Brian G. Henning, William T. Myers & Joseph John (eds.), Thinking with Whitehead and the American Pragmatists. Lexington Books. pp. 149-164.
    The kernel of this chapter has been lodged in my mind since I was a graduate student at Fordham. As I studied the work of Charles Sanders Peirce and Alfred North Whitehead I was continually struck by the numerous points of conver-gence between their respective projects. Unlike other pragmatists, both of these mathematically trained philosophers were interested in constructing a specula-tive philosophy that rejected the reductive, mechanistic accounts of nature. Instead, both Peirce and Whitehead described an emergent, evolutionary cos-mos that (...)
     
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  36. Philosophy in the Age Fascism: Reflections on the Presidential Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, 1931-1940.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - In Richard Hull (ed.), Historical Essays in Twentieth Century American Philosophy. Philosophy Documentation Center. pp. 69-95.
    The opportunity to read and reflect on Presidential Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 1931–1940, the fourth volume of the American Philosophical Association Centennial Series, has been in equal measures rewarding, humbling, and taxing. Having recently completed my own edited volume of presidential addresses of another philosophical society, I have been thoroughly disabused of the notion that there is any particular form or content that defines a philosophical presidential address. Perhaps it should not be surprising that the topics of the (...)
     
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    Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change.Brian G. Henning - 2015 - Anselm Academic.
    With the increase of natural disasters, droughts, and superstorms, it’s clear that climate change isn’t coming—it’s here. The ecological crisis of climate change—and how we handle it—is the challenge of this century. Though policy changes or technological advances may help, they’re not enough. We are in need of new ways of thinking and acting; new ways of understanding our relationship to the world. Riders in the Storm assesses the challenges of climate change through an interdisciplinary study, examining the basic scientific, (...)
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  38. Thinking with Whitehead and the American Pragmatists: Experience and Reality.Brian G. Henning, William T. Myers & Joseph D. John (eds.) - 2015 - Lexington Books.
    Despite there being deep lines of convergence between the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead, C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and other classical American philosophers, it remains an open question whether Whitehead is a pragmatist, and conversation between pragmatists and Whitehead scholars have been limited. Indeed, it is difficult to find an anthology of classical American philosophy that includes Whitehead’s writings. These camps began separately, and so they remain. This volume questions the wisdom of that separation, exploring their connections, (...)
     
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