Dombrowski Publishes on Whitehead’s Religious Thought

Written by Laura Paskin
January 10, 2017

Philosophy Professor Daniel Dombrowski published Whitehead's Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion (2017, SUNY Press). Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), an English mathematician and philosopher, focused on change as the cornerstone of reality, a view known as process philosophy.

“The process theistic thought of Whitehead is a third alternative between classical theism and religious skepticism,” Dombrowski said.

The book discusses Whitehead’s philosophy in apposition to six major thinkers: David Ray Griffin, Isabelle Stengers, John Rawls, Charles Hartshorne, Judith Butler, and William Wordsworth.

“Whitehead is highly relevant to contemporary work in philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and environmental ethics,” Dombrowski added. “The move from force to persuasion, in particular, is not only fundamental to Whitehead’s own thought and to process thought in general, but is a necessary condition for the continuing existence of civilized life.”

Dombrowski, who joined the Philosophy faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1988, has published 19 books, including A History of the Concept of God: A Process Approach; Rawls and Religion: The Case for Political Liberalism; and A Platonic Philosophy of Religion: A Process Perspective. He has authored more than 170 articles for scholarly journals in philosophy, theology, classics, and literature. Internationally renowned and frequently sought out for his expertise on a variety of subjects, he has addressed the European Union Parliament on the roles of religion and politics in our modern world.

Dombrowski serves on the editorial boards of journals and the boards of professional associations and societies throughout the country and internationally. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching. He is the recent recipient of Seattle University’s McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award conferred by the university upon a member of the faculty.

A description of Whitehead's Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion is on YouTube here.