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Renewing Speculation 29 3. Cosmology as the project of speculative reason According to Whitehead, one of the main tasks of speculative reason is to produce cosmological schemes. In PR xii he declares his intentions “to state a condensed scheme of cosmological ideas” and “to elaborate an adequate cosmology”. Here we have to explain the notions of cosmology and of scheme, because both notions have a special terminological meaning and also carry a certain programmatic importance It is particularly an analysis of the notion of cosmology that is essential, if we want to understand Whitehead’s epistemological position and reconstruct the systematic aim in PR, subtitled “An Essay in Cosmology”.
It is a group of adventure, of speculation, of search for new ideas. To be a 24 2. 3. 4. 5. VINCENT COLAPIETRO philosopher is to make some humble approach to the main characteristics of this group of men” (MT 174). As boldly speculative as each one of these philoso phers, he was also humble before the disclosures of reality in and through expe rience. In “The Nonspeculative Basis of Metaphysics,” Edward Pols argues: “Theory especially scientific theory is of immense importance in human affairs: there are, after all, so many things that we can know only indirectly.
Perhaps Whitehead’s pansychism might be altered, with the emphasis falling on self expression rather than self enjoyment. Such a metaphor might be more apt than the one on which he and his most loyal disciples insist. Two RENEWING SPECULATION: THE SYSTEMATIC AIM OF WHITEHEAD’S PHILOSOPHIC COSMOLOGY Christoph Kann 1. Introduction In the preface to his magnum opus PR, Whitehead lists nine “prevalent habits of thought” that he wants to reject in so far as their influence on philosophy is concerned.
Beyond metaphysics? : explorations in Alfred North Whitehead's late thought by Roland Faber; Brian G Henning; Clinton Combs