The Explicative Route And The Momental Step:A Comparison Of The Pluralistic Focus In Leibniz And Whitehead.
There is little danger of disagreement if one states that Leibniz and Whitehead are two of the most significant "hylozoic" pluralists in western philosophy. Both thinkers are concerned with the definite, final unities of being. Both philosophers attempted to ground their multiple individualities in a wider ultimate reality, and at the same time attempted to maintain the import and distinctness of these units as the ultimate components of that reality. The crux of Whitehead’s philosophic endeavor was to "retain the balance between the individuality of existence and the relativity of existence." But there is an important divergence in the manner that Leibniz and Whitehead "retain the balance" of their pluralistic systems. To study this divergence, this exposition will employ the notion of Pluralistic Focus. This Focus is that aspect of the pluralistic unit which both accounts for the totality of being, and at the same time accounts for the individuality of the unit. The expression "Pluralistic Focus" will refer to that point in the nature of the unit where the "individuality…and the relativity of existence" are "balanced." Both Leibniz and Whitehead would agree that, in the words of Leibniz, “what is not truly one being is also not truly a being.” The Pluralistic Focus is on that which makes the pluralistic unit "truly one being," which "makes a difference" in its composition.
But before we begin to concern ourselves with the difference in Pluralistic Focus, we should explore sane of the common ground of the two philosophers. This will be the aim of the next two chapters.
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First Committee Member (Chair)
Melbourne Griffith Evans
Second Committee Member
Hubert Griggs Alexander
Third Committee Member
Archie John Bahm
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