Thinking with Whitehead about Existential Risk

Burton, James. 2019. Thinking with Whitehead about Existential Risk. In: Roland Faber; Michael Halewood and Andrew M. Davis, eds. Propositions in the Making: Experiments in a Whiteheadian Laboratory. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), pp. 115-134. ISBN 9781793612564 [Book Section]

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This article argues that the conceptual framework of “existential risk” (Bostrom), while heuristically valuable for thinking and making concrete speculations regarding possible human-eradicating future events, nevertheless entails certain pitfalls and blindspots arising from its in-built probabilistic and categorial biases. A process-oriented (Whiteheadian) may prove a valuable supplement, able to counterbalance some of these (ultimately potentially disastrous) effects.

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


17 June 2019Accepted
13 November 2019Published

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27 Jun 2019 08:43

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13 Jun 2021 06:16


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