On Whitehead’s Reformed Metaphysics and the Dialectics of Hegel and Marx:

Por • 14 nov, 2019 • Sección: Educacion

Eleazar Ukachuwku

Abstract: Hegel’s dialectical idealism takes the mental phenomena as the genesis and basis of reality. Hence, for Hegel, material existence is nothing but the physical manifestation of the Absolute Spirit. Marx’s dialectical materialism on the other hand, takes the material phenomena as the basis of existence. Similarly, for Marx, whatever cannot be interpreted in materialistic terms is illusory. It is the case that in the system of each of these thinkers, the urge to depreciate other aspects of reality that do not fit into their schema is rife. This is where the notion of resistance and the attendant denialism replete in their systems is unveiled. In an attempt to bring a resolution to the metaphysical resistance to the admission of other realities, this study forays into the process metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead. Here, it is revealed that rather than boasting of a dialectic approach to phenomena, a binary complementary alternative is more appropriate. It is precisely through this principle of binary as it presents itself in process metaphysics that resistance through the exaggeration of one aspect of reality over the other(s), is overcome.

Keywords: Hegel, Marx, Whitehead, Resistance, Metaphysics.

Eleazar Ukachuwku Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University

https://philosophiajournal.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/03-16_philosophia-22-2019_ukachuwku.pdf

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