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Beyond metaphysics? : explorations in Alfred North by Roland Faber; Brian G Henning; Clinton Combs

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Cosmology is supposed to produce a general scheme for the interpretation of the world, but it is also meant to provide an opportunity to reflect on the different approaches to this world and answer questions such as: How is the world experienced and comprehended by science, religion, arts, and literature? In that way a cosmology does not only represent an instrument for the interpretation of our experience but also a hermeneutics of the single approaches to the world that have to be synthesized by the cosmology.

The notions of communication here are already speculative ones, but they are, as such, derived from the primordial experience of communicative agents. Such experience occurs not only between agents but also relates to whatever they encounter in experience (including what they encounter as factors caught up in processes of intercommunication [cf. , the bird fleeing at the likely sound of a predator). Our experience of things is that they communicate their presence and import to us, though not necessarily in a clearly audible or immediately intelligible manner.

These persuasions also guide the humanism of literature, of art, and of religion” (MT 165). Whitehead’s admittedly rather vague explanation of the task of cosmology, according to which disparate cultural interests should be (as quoted) brought into relation or brought together, contains more than just one aspect. Cosmology is supposed to produce a general scheme for the interpretation of the world, but it is also meant to provide an opportunity to reflect on the different approaches to this world and answer questions such as: How is the world experienced and comprehended by science, religion, arts, and literature?

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