Discussion of Palmyre M.F. Oomen's
Recent Essays in Process Studies

Other Process Studies essays:
Hartshorne, God and Metaphysics
Disassembling the Mantra: Part/Whole Equivocation in the Category of the Ultimate

 

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Abstract of
Discussion of Palmyre M.F. Oomen's
Recent Essays in Process Studies

The process philosophy attempt by Oomen to define God as one actual entity, eternally, yet capable of interacting with the changing world by saving its ever-new creations in a “growing satisfaction” is not convincing. An actual entity is a whole: Different or additional parts imply a different whole. A whole (particularly a “satisfied,” determinate whole) is incapable of changing or acquiring additions without violating its self-identity and re-asserting the contradictions inherent in an altering substance. God is a series of self-surpassing wholes, each unsurpassable by others because it includes all others that have come to be.

Published in Process Studies, 28/1-2 (Spring-Summer 1999): 130-136.
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