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Empirical Naturalism: Bernard M. Loomer’s Interpretation of Whitehead’s Philosophy

Empirical Naturalism: Bernard M. Loomer’s Interpretation of Whitehead’s Philosophy edgar A. Towne / christian Theological seminary ernard macdougall loomer (1912­1985) is well known for his influence on process theology, or as he preferred, "process-relational" theology. less well known is his interpretation of the philosophy of Alfred north Whitehead (1861­1947) and its influence in the promotion of that philosophy not only among his students but also more recently beyond that circle. he presents his own views as one who has made Whitehead's his own. yet he is not uncritical of Whitehead. he has articulated an empirical naturalism in Whiteheadian terms that is theistic and controversial by that fact. The analysis of his interpretation of Whitehead allows us to probe his theistic naturalism and to identify new possibilities in the interpretation of Whitehead's philosophy. I. The Person and His Influence After his undergraduate work at bates college, loomer earned his Phd at the university of chicago. his dissertation was titled "The Theological significance of the method of empirical Analysis in the Philosophy of A. n. Whitehead."1 The dissertation and his self-assured manner, along with the recommendation of dean ernest cadman colwell, led President robert maynard hutchins to appoint loomer dean of the divinity school at the university in 1945. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Empirical Naturalism: Bernard M. Loomer’s Interpretation of Whitehead’s Philosophy

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edgar A. Towne / christian Theological seminary ernard macdougall loomer (1912­1985) is well known for his influence on process theology, or as he preferred, "process-relational" theology. less well known is his interpretation of the philosophy of Alfred north Whitehead (1861­1947) and its influence in the promotion of that philosophy not only among his students but also more recently beyond that circle. he presents his own views as one who has made Whitehead's his own. yet he is not uncritical of Whitehead. he has articulated an empirical naturalism in Whiteheadian terms that is theistic and controversial by that fact. The analysis of his interpretation of Whitehead allows us to probe his theistic naturalism and to identify new possibilities in the interpretation of Whitehead's philosophy. I. The Person and His Influence After his undergraduate work at bates college, loomer earned his Phd at the university of chicago. his dissertation was titled "The Theological significance of the method of empirical Analysis in the Philosophy of A. n. Whitehead."1 The dissertation and his self-assured manner, along with the recommendation of dean ernest cadman colwell, led President robert maynard hutchins to appoint loomer dean of the divinity school at the university in 1945.

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 26, 2011

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