Metaphysics Between Contradictions and Paradoxes:

Some Whiteheadian remarks


  • Michel Weber


Whitehead, Paradoxes, Contradictions


In order to contextualize the stakes of some of the most venerable philosophical conundrums, it is expedient to remember Whitehead’s own adventures of ideas. Five steps are important to do understand why is Whitehead the post-modern Plato: (i) how does he differentiate metaphysics and cosmology? (ii) what does “onto-logic” involve? (iii) why should we articulate the coherence and applicability of any philosophical system? (iv) what are, in a nutshell, the specificities of Whitehead’s ontology? (v) how does radical empiricism provide elements of a solution to contradictions and paradoxes? Since I have already published on all these matters, only a synoptic reminder of these issues is provided here.

Author Biography

Michel Weber

Michel Weber obtained his Ph. D. in Philosophy from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) where he is has been a research fellow. He is currently the director of the Centre de philosophie pratique, Brussels. His research program mainly consists of developing the activities of three networks: the "Chromatiques whiteheadiennes”, the "European William James Project” and the "Whitehead Psychology Nexus”. He is the author of eight monographs and (co-)editor of numerous scientific studies. He also edits the "Chromatiques whiteheadiennes” Series (Ontos Verlag), the Chromatikon Yearbook (Presses universitaires de Louvain) and co-edits the "Process Thought” Series (Ontos Verlag).


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Van Wyk, Alan and Michel Weber (eds), Creativity and Its Discontents. The Response to Whitehead's Process and Reality, Frankfurt / Lancaster, Ontos Verlag, 2009.

Weber, M. (ed.), After Whitehead: Rescher on Process Metaphysics, Frankfurt / Paris / Lancaster, Ontos Verlag, 2004.

Weber, M. Whitehead’s Pancreativism. The Basics. Foreword by Nicholas Rescher. Frankfurt and Paris, Ontos Verlag, 2006.

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Weber, M., Whitehead’s Pancreativism. Jamesian Applications, Frankfurt and Paris, Ontos Verlag, 2011.

Weber, M., The Political Vindication of Radical Empiricism. With Application to the Global Systemic Crisis, Anoka, Mn., Process Century Press, 2016

Weber, M., “The Threefold Root of Whiteheadian Temporality,” KronoScope 16.2, 2016, pp. 211-227.

Weber, M., The Threefold Root of Temporality. Elements of Whiteheadian Organic Metaphysics, Louvain-la-Neuve, Les Éditions Chromatika, 2021.




How to Cite

Weber, M. (2021). Metaphysics Between Contradictions and Paradoxes: : Some Whiteheadian remarks. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(3), 299–308. Retrieved from