, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 90–109

A.N. Whitehead and Subjectivity

Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/sub.2008.4

Cite this article as:
Stenner, P. Subjectivity (2008) 22: 90. doi:10.1057/sub.2008.4


This paper comes at subjectivity from a Whiteheadian perspective. It argues that Whitehead provides us with a “deep” form of empiricism grounded in the notion of the “actual occasion” of experience and in the temporal and spatial co-assembly of multiplicities of such occasions. A deep empiricism that embraces process, affirms creativity, foregrounds value and refuses to bifurcate nature into irreconcilable subjective and objective aspects, it is argued, might serve as a useful corrective to current tendencies in social theory to avoid subjectivity and to elide the differences between forms of subjectivity.


Whiteheadsubjectivitydeep empiricismcritical psychologyexperienceprocess

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK