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The Ethics of Creativity: Beauty, Morality, and Nature in a Processive Cosmos Paperback – December 4, 2014
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Brian Henning has produced a veritable vade mecum of reflections upon the intertwining and implications of metaphysical, aesthetic, and ethical issues in the work of Whitehead. He forcefully and insightfully places creativity at the very heart of Whitehead's philosophical project. This category of the ultimate, meant to specify the most fundamental feature of cosmic process, is rotated in resolute and perspicuous fashion by Henning in a set of chapters that mix, in appropriate, but not fully separated, measures, exposition, argumentation, and application.
―Society for the Advancement of American PhilosophyNewsletter
"A rigorous work of ethical philosophy for the new millenium."
“Henning explores many of history’s finest philosophers of environmental ethics in his composition of a beauty ethic that expands our sphere of moral concern beyond living things. This remarkable philosophical work also includes Jenning’s formal ‘obligation of beauty,’ beseeching each of us ‘to always act in such a way so as to bring about the greatest possible universe of beauty, value, and importance that in each situation is possible.’”
“Essential reading for both process thinkers/American pragmatists as well as environmental ethicists. . . .Henning lays out, in Jamesian fashion, his view of a genuinely ethical universe. This view both borrows from virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontology and also improves on them. No small accomplishment!”
—Daniel A. Dombrowski, Seattle University
—Frederick Ferré, University of Georgia
—Holmes Rolston, III, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University
About the Author
Brian G. Henning is professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Gonzaga University, USA. He was awarded the John N. Findlay Book Prize from the Metaphysical Society of America for The Ethics of Creativity. Henning is coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Genesis, Evolution, and the Search for a Reasoned Faith; Thinking with Whitehead and American Pragmatism; Being in America: Sixty Years of the Metaphysical Society; Beyond Mechanism: Putting Life Back Into Biology; and Beyond Metaphysics? Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead's Late Thought.