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Praesens de futuris: Whitehead on How to Be Going to Move Forward into the Future

  • Gottfried HeinemannEmail author
Original Paper


Whitehead’s metaphysics involves an event ontology. Fundamental—that is, in Whitehead’s language: “actual”—entities are events, described as acts of experience. It also involves presentism since past events have perished and future events do not yet exist according to Whitehead. Hence the question alluded to in the title of the present paper: “How are you going to move forward into the future?… If you conceive it under the guise of a temporal transition into the non-existent, you can’t get going.” (See T2 below) I will argue that, to a large extent, Whitehead’s metaphysics is designed to answer that question.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität KasselKasselGermany

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