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Giladi, Paul (2021) '‘Here be revisionary metaphysics!’ A critique of a concern about process philosophy.' Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 60 (2). pp. 257-275.

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In this paper, I argue that John Dupré and Daniel Nicholson's ‘process manifesto’ is ironically more sympathetic to descriptive metaphysics than to revisionary metaphysics. Focusing on their argument that any process philosophy automatically slides into Whiteheadian obscurantism if it does not just rest content with revealing the problematic features of ordinary language, I argue that their position occludes a logical space, one in which revisionary metaphysics is articulated without any Whiteheadian obscurantism and involves no dereliction of critical/revisionary orientation. I argue that key features of the respective critical social ontologies of Judith Butler and Talia Mae Bettcher occupy such a logical space.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: process philosophy, revisionary metaphysics, descriptive metaphysics, gender, critical social ontology, creativity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 00122173
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 60 (2). pp. 257-275 (2021), published by Cambridge University Press. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2023 16:32

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