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Hartshorne: A New World View – Recommended Reading

Philosophers Speak of God, by Charles Hartshorne and William L. Reese (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.) Reprinted by Humanity Books (Amherst, N.Y., 2000 with an addendum to the preface by William L. Reese.) This volume offers a presentation and critique of the primary idea in the history of ideas East and West, theistic and atheistic.…

The Development of Process Philosophy

The Development of Process Philosophy

by Charles Hartshorne

The term, “process philosophy” is one way of pointing to a profound change which has come over speculative philosophy or metaphysics in the modern period in Europe and America. I have myself often used the more noncommittal phrase “neoclassical metaphysics” for much the same purpose, since the emphasis upon process or becoming, though essential, is only one feature of this new way of viewing reality.…

The Idea of Creativity in American Philosophy

The Idea of Creativity in American Philosophy

by Charles Hartshorne


In the beginning, philosophy in the North American colonies was chiefly religious and political. The religious philosophy was Calvinistic, by which I mean that it was an argument for theological determinism.

America from Colonial Beginnings to Philosophical Greatness

America from Colonial Beginnings to Philosophical Greatness

by Charles Hartshorne

When the American colonists crossed, first the Atlantic, and then the mountains and the prairies on their way westward, they tended to leave certain things behind, the fine arts most obviously, but also theoretical science.

A New World and New World View

A New World and New World View

by Charles Hartshorne

In the last hundred years a philosophical and theological change has occurred, but it is one you will not read about in the newspapers or even in most textbooks and histories of philosophy.…

The Modern World and a Modern View of God

The Modern World and a Modern View of God

by Charles Hartshorne

Human self deification is a chief rival in our time of what I regard as true religion. For I agree with the old Greeks, who agreed with the Hebrews at this point, that one of our greatest enemies is our own vanity, hubris.

Theistic Humanism

Theistic Humanism

by Charles Hartshorne


The question is, do we live for ourselves and other human beings alone, or do we live for something in principle superior to humanity? The word “alone” is important. No one can help living for oneself and others, for no one is completely indifferent to his or her own fate and no one is wholly without fellow feeling.

Religion and Creative Experience

Religion and Creative Experience

by Charles Hartshorne

That man has a certain creative power is a commonplace nowadays. Making the most of this power is what is termed “living creatively.” Not only is creativity a widely recognized ideal for human action, it is also the first principle of the most daring and powerful philosophical system of this century, that of Whitehead, and Whitehead was preceded in this by other less notable philosophers.

Charles Hartshorne: Concerning Abortion

Concerning Abortion:

An Attempt at a Rational View 

by Charles Hartshorne

My onetime colleague T. V. Smith once wrote a book called Beyond Conscience, in which he waxed eloquent in showing the harm that good people do. To live according to one’s conscience may be a fine thing, but what if A’s conscience leads A to try to compel B and C to live, not according to B’s or C’s conscience, but according to A’s?

Hartshorne: A New World View, Contents and Acknowledgements

Charles Hartshorne: A New World View

Contents and Acknowledgements

Table of Contents

  1. The Acceptance of Death
  2. Concerning Abortion: An Attempt at a Rational View
  3. Religion and Creative Experience
  4. Theistic Humanism
  5. The Modern World and a Modern View of God
  6. A New World and a New World View
  7. America From Colonial Beginning to Philosophical Greatness
  8. The Idea of Creativity in American Philosophy
  9. The Development of Process Philosophy
  10. Symbols of Power, by Herbert F.