Fourth European Summer School in Process Thought

August 1st-6th, 2016

Education from a Whiteheadian Point of View

Organizer: Bulgarian Center for Process Studies


Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2016

Notification for acceptance: April 30th, 2016

Conference Fee for Non-Presenters: 80 Euro for students; 120 Euro for non-students (fees include lunch and drinks)

Venue: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Conference Schedule

CLICK HERE for more information.


CALL FOR PAPERS for 11th International Whitehead Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 11th International Whitehead Conference, under the topic “Nature in Process. Novel Approaches to Science and Metaphysics“, will take place between 25th-28th July 2017. The conference will take place in Ponta Delgada, on the Island of S. Miguel and be hosted by The University of the Azores.


You are cordially invited to attend this conference and submit your abstracts for presentations in any on the following sections (sections listed alphabetically, section heads are in parentheses):

  • Whitehead and Analytical Philosophy (Johanna Seibt)
  • Whitehead and Bergson (Maria-Teresa Teixeira)
  • Whitehead and Biology (Spyridon Koutroufinis and René Pikarski)
  • Whitehead, German Idealism and modern German philosophy (Aljoscha Berve)
  • Whitehead, Indian Philosophy and Buddhism (Jonardon Ganeri)
  • Whitehead and Integral Ecology (Barbara Muraca and Moirika Reker)
  • Whitehead and Integral Economics (Mark Dibben)
  • Whitehead and Mathematics (Vesselin Petrov)
  • Whitehead and Neoplatonism (Michael Wagner)
  • Whitehead and New Cosmology (Lukasz Lamza)
  • Whitehead and Nicolai Hartmann (Roberto Poli)
  • Whitehead and Phenomenology (Luca Vanzago)
  • Whitehead and Philosophy of Mind (John Pickering)
  • Whitehead and Physics (Joachim Klose)
  • Whitehead and Pragmatism (Dennis Söelch)
  • Whitehead, Spinoza and Leibniz (Helmut Maassen)
  • Whitehead and Theology (Hans-Ferdinand Angel)

Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes including discussion; sections may overlap and participants should specify which section or sections they would like their paper to be included in. Conference languages are English and Portuguese. Portuguese-speaking presenters should provide a full translation of their texts at least 30 days in advance of giving their papers. We may accept more than one presentation from senior scholars. Abstracts should be all sent to

Registration dates and fees (in euro):
Early registration: Jan. 1 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017; fee: 100 (students)/150 (standard);
Normal registration: Feb. 1 – May 31, 2017; fee: 150 (students)/200 (standard);
Late registration: after June 1, 2017; feeL 200 (students)/250 (standard).

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance: John B. Cobb, Jr., Manuel Carmo Ferreira, Yutaka Tanaka, Michel Weber.

You will find further details about the conference, including hotel information, and section abstracts, on our homepage: More information will be posted on the website soon, so be sure to check back!

for the
Young Scholars Award

The Board of the International Process Network opens a call for papers for the Young Scholars Award (up to 30 years old). There will be two Young Scholars Awards. The deadline for submission of papers is up to the end of 2016. The winners will be announced in February 2017 on the IPN website. The award includes airfare and conference fee for the 11th International Whitehead Conference in the Azores, as well as publication of papers in the conference proceedings. The papers should be prepared for anonymous evaluation (with the data about the author on a separate sheet) and should be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address:

11th International Whitehead Conference


Nature in Process: Novel Approaches to Science and Metaphysics

July 25th-28th, 2017 in the Azores. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Whitehead Psychology Nexus Spring Meeting.

rubon37The spring meetings of the Whitehead Psychology Nexus are held in the idyllic village of Fontareches in the Languedoc, France. We meet at the house of Jason Brown, author of Process and the authentic life; Neuropsychological Foundations of Conscious Experience and Gourmet’s Guide to the Mind, among many other books.

The date of this year’s meeting is March 27th. – 30th.. Our meetings aim to develop Whiteheadian thought through critical interaction with other disciplines, especially those concerned with psychological, or, more broadly, living processes.

Meetings to date have touched on evolutionary biology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, theology, mathematics, the life sciences, clinical studies and many other topics. Our meetings are the antithesis of large, anonymous conferences where real communication is virtually impossible. Around fifteen people enjoy short presentations that aim to promote dialogue for which ample time is left.

Accommodation costs of unaccompanied presenters will be covered and there is no conference fee. If you would like to take part in the meeting, please send your contact details and an abstract of no more than 1000 words to John Pickering at <>.

Third European Summer School in Process Thought 

“The Metaphysical Foundations of a Non-Dualistic Environmental Ethics”

Düsseldorf, Germany, from August 25-29, 2014

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 22, 2014
Conference Fee for Non-Presenters: 85€ for students; 120€ for non-students (fees
include lunch and drinks)
Venue: Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, Düsseldorf

CLICK HERE for more information


10th International Whitehead

Conference, 2015


The conference will be held June 4-7, 2015 in Claremont, CA.

The mission and thematic structure of the conference is articulated by John B. Cobb, Jr. in his essay “Seizing an Alternative”.  

For more information contact:

Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera



9th International Whitehead Conference, 2013

posted Nov 10, 2012, 1:03 PM by IPN Admin   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 1:18 PM ]

 “Society and Process – from Theory to Practice”9-12th September 2013 – Krakow,

The 9th International Whitehead Conference is organized by The Whitehead Metaphysical Society and supported by the International Process Network. It is part of a series of large biennial meetings of all scholars active in the study of the works of Alfred North Whitehead and process philosophy in general.

This time we welcome all interested participants under the heading “Society and Process – from Theory to Practice”.

The Conference will take place in Krakow, Poland, at the premises of the Pontifical University of John Paul II.

Key dates:

01 Dec 2012 : Registration open

01 Jan 2013 : Early bird registration deadline

31 Mar 2013 : Registration deadline

15 Apr 2013 : Notification of accepted speakers

09-12 Sep 2013 : Conference

8th International Whitehead Conference, 2011

posted Mar 1, 2011, 5:07 PM by IPN Admin   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 5:15 PM ]

Creativity and Harmony:

The Way of Eco-Sophia for the Future of Civilization

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, September 26-29, 2011

General Objectives:

The Eco-Sophia Symposium 2011, sponsored by Sophia University, the Japan Society for Process Studies, and International Process Network, aims at bringing into contact various research activities in diverse fields undertaken by philosophers, natural & social scientists, and theologians from all over the world, who are inspired by the Way of Eco-Sophia, creative wisdom of humanity living harmoniously with Nature and with Other Cultures & Other Religions for the future of civilization.

Convener: Yutaka Tanaka 
President of the Japan Society for Process Studies
Professor and Chair of the Graduate School of Philosophy, Sophia University

Email:   Website:

The Dynamical Ontologies of A.N. Whitehead and N. Hartmann

posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:52 PM by IPN Admin   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 4:55 PM ]

Last Call for papers

The Dynamical Ontologies of A.N. Whitehead and N. Hartmann

5-7 May 2011, Katowice, Poland

Conference Venue:  Franciscan Seminary, Katowice, Panewnicka 76, Poland

The conference is jointly organized by The Whitehead Metaphysical Society and Nicolai Hartmann Society, it is supported by the Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Department of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow and enjoys the invaluable help of The Franciscan Seminary in Katowice.

Whitehead and Hartmann have elaborated two of the most sophisticated categorical frameworks of Twentieth century ontology. Both understood reality as essentially dynamic, and both placed the category of process at the core of their frameworks. This conference aims at discussing, comparing, and critically evaluating the ontological frameworks of Hartmann and Whitehead. In particular, we would like to encourage fresh approaches and independent thinking on the ontological understanding of science.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • The differences and connections between ontology and metaphysics
  • The differences and connections between ontology and epistemology
  • The nature of ontological categories
  • The structure of an ontological framework
  • The category of process
  • Times and spaces
  • Levels of reality
  • Sciences and their ontological clarification or interpretation
  • The Platonism of Hartmann and Whitehead
  • Ontological categories and ethical categories
  • Comparison with other process thinkers

May 5 will be dedicated to a series of tutorials on Hartmann’s and Whitehead’s ontologies. The provisional schedule includes the following tutorials:

  • N. Hartmann 1 (spheres and modes of being, the nature of an ontological category) – Alicja Pietras
  • N. Hartmann 2 (general categories, level categories, categorical laws) – Roberto Poli
  • A.N. Whitehead 1 (quantized process, actual entity and its bipolar nature, interconnectedness) – Bogdan Ogrodnik
  • A.N. Whitehead 2 (categoreal scheme, modes of existence, types of orders, nexus) – Helmut Maassen

Accepted papers will be presented May, 6-7.

To participate please send an abstract to up to 28 February 2011.

Conference fee:  25 € paid after acceptance. The fee includes participation in all tutorials and conference lectures, conference materials, 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a bus from Katowice downtown to the Franciscan Seminary in Katowice-Panewniki. The fee does NOT include accommodation. A list of recommended hotels and further information are available at the conference website:

Relevant dates:

  • Abstracts: February 28
  • Acceptance/rejection: March, 15
  • Conference: May, 5-7
  • Conference Chairs: Bogdan Ogrodnik and Roberto Poli Conference secretary: Jakub Dziadkowiec

Young Process Scholars: International Essay Contest 2011

posted Mar 1, 2011, 3:46 PM by IPN Admin   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 4:28 PM ]

Call for Papers:

The International Process Network (IPN), a tax-exempt, non-profit scholarly
institution, tries among other things to promote philosophic, scientific, and religious studies in the spirit of
Alfred North Whitehead’s Process Philosophy.

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded for the best essays (in English) on the emergence of
Process Thought in Twentieth Century Philosophy. Young scholars in particular are encouraged to send in
papers on the following topics:

  • Process Philosophy.
  • Process Philosophy and its relationship to other philosophic disciplines (including ethics).
  • Process Philosophy and its relationship to the sciences (physics, biology, chemistry,
  • environmental studies, and psychology).
  • Process Philosophy and its relationship to social sciences (including education, economics, and
  • government).
  • Process Philosophy and its relationship to cultural studies (including religious studies and
  • humanities).

Separate panels of scholars will referee the papers. Funding (up to $500) will also be provided for the
winners to travel to the 8th International Whitehead Conference to be held on 26th to 29th
September 2011, in Tokyo, Japan. Receiving the financial awards ($1000 prize and $500 travel support) is contingent upon the contest winner’s attending and presenting the winning essays at the International Whitehead
 in Tokyo, Japan.

The winning paper will also be published in the online journal Concrescence – The Australasian Journal of Process Thought.

Eligibility: The contest is open to young scholars up to 35 years of age at the date of paper submission and
who have not yet completed their doctoral (PhD) studies. The contest is intended for those beginning their
careers, such as graduate students or junior faculty, as well as independent scholars of comparable standing.
The paper submitted should be neither previously published nor under review elsewhere.

Submissions: Electronic copies of the essay, typed double-space in 12 point font (Times New Roman), in
Word or pdf format should be sent as attachments by email directly to the essay contest coordinator: Please include “Whitehead Essay Contest” in the subject line of the email. Previously
published papers are not accepted. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words or 20 pages (excluding
notes and bibliography). Please note: The paper itself should not include any reference to the author (name,
addresses). Include name and address, in the email only.

Judging Criteria: The purpose of the contest is to identify and encourage young scholars who show
promise of making important contributions to the field of Process Philosophy and its relationship to the
sciences and cultural studies. Submissions will be evaluated upon the following criteria:

  1. Creativity: original philosophical and scientific insights
  2. Coherence: a cogent, well-argued presentation
  3. Scholarship: competence in dealing with philosophical and scientific texts and their interpretations

DEADLINE: 30 April 2011. For more information about the “Young Process Scholar – International
Essay Contest,”
please visit the IPN homepage at
or email Dr. Duston Moore at

Applied Process Metaphysics Summer Institute

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by IPN Admin   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 3:55 PM ]

The Centre for Philosophical Practice « Chromatiques Whiteheadiennes »

(A.S.B.L., non-profit org., Brussels,, managed by Michel Weber, Docteur en philosophie, directs its works according to three complementary axis (research, publication and counselling), each reflecting in its own order the guiding principles of the philosophical act (creativity, efficacy, and vision).

The Centre is organizing its second Applied Process Metaphysics Summer Institute. It will take place in Paris, at the Cité universitaire’s Fondation Biermans Lapôtre (, on July 26th, 27th and 28th 2011.

Applied process metaphysics seeks to provide and to move beyond detailed technical renderings of process philosophy (cf. Dibben and Kelly, Applied Process Thought I, 2008). What matters is personal experience and how to refresh our shared understanding of experience.

Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to travel through most aspects of Whitehead’s legacy : anthropology, ecology, education, epistemology, metaphysics, psychology, political theory, quantum mechanics and relativity physics. Additionally, some special attention will be devoted to the heuristics of Process and Reality and to the complementarity among its five Parts.

Drawing upon the major Harvard works —Science and the Modern World (1925), Process and Reality (1929),Adventures of Ideas (1933) —, the Summer Institute Memorandum (Whitehead : The Algebra of Metaphysics, 2010), the relevant entries of the Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought (2008) and on their own most recent research, the instructors will seek, first, to introduce Whitehead’s thought by clarifying what is at stake in this kind of philosophizing and by providing a synoptic vision of his key categories in light of their historical development ; second, to foster a creative dialogue among all participants ; third, to provide assistance on the participants’ own research projects or inquiries.

To allow this, the work sessions will be paced in the following way : in the morning, introductory talks on specific epistemic fields ; in the afternoon, guided discussions on these fields ; at night, private tutorial sessions. We will make sure that Whitehead is interpreted secundum Whitehead and always bearing actual experience in mind: it makes little sense either to propose an exegesis-type of inquiry or to confine it to secondary literature. Papers finalized during the workshops could be submitted to the Chromatikon Yearbook.

Instructors are Dr Ronny Desmet and Dr Michel Weber. All sessions will be held in English ; tutorials could also take place in Dutch or in French. An attendance certificate will be provided on request. A maximum of 15 applications will be accepted.

Ronny Desmet holds an MA in mathematics (1983), an MA and a PhD in philosophy (2005 and 2010). He is currently research assistant at the Centre of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Free University of Brussels. His research and publications have focused on Whitehead’s philosophy of mathematics and relativity.

Michel Weber holds an MA and a PhD in philosophy (1991 and 1997). He is the director of the Centre for Philosophical Practice. He has published more than 30 books, e.g., Whitehead’s Pancreativism. The Basics (2006) and Whitehead’s Pancreativism. Jamesian Applications (2011).

Full program upon request at Applicants should first contact the organisers to introduce themselves and specify their expectations. The registration fee is 250€ (330$) ; reduced rate upon request. Accomodation can be provided by the Foundation at the special rate of 50 € / night (67$). Reservations should be made at


Mark Dibben and Thomas Kelly (eds.), Applied Process Thought I: Initial Explorations in Theory and Research, Frankfurt / Lancaster, ontos verlag, 2008, p. 27.

Michel Weber and Will Desmond (eds.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought, Frankfurt / Lancaster, ontos verlag, 2008.

Ronny Desmet and Michel Weber (edited by), Whitehead. The Algebra of Metaphysics. Applied Process Metaphysics Summer Institute Memorandum, Louvain-la-Neuve, Éditions Chromatika, 2010.

Michel Weber

Centre de philosophie pratique



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