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Spirit, Qi, and the MultitudeA Comparative Theology for the Democracy of Creation$
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Hyo-Dong Lee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255016

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255016.001.0001

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Creativity and a Democracy of Fellow Creatures

Creativity and a Democracy of Fellow Creatures

The Challenge Of Whitehead’S Radical Ontological Pluralism

(p.83) 3 Creativity and a Democracy of Fellow Creatures
Spirit, Qi, and the Multitude

Hyo-Dong Lee

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces Whitehead’s notion of creativity. In Whitehead’s account of the cosmos, every concrete actual entity consists in a creative process in which a multitude of past entities are constantly brought into a new unity. What drives this unending creative process is creativity and God as the locus of eternal objects or pure possibilities. But creativity is a notion of pure activity and merely a descriptive term for what is taking place constantly in the cosmos, not some kind of ultimate ontological ground, while God is a mere creature of creativity. Creativity, in other words, is the creativity of every concrete entity, i.e., every “creature” that creates itself, including God. If the notion of creativity is taken as a comparative analogue to qi, then Whitehead’s radical ontological pluralism challenges Zhu Xi’s de-valorizing conception of the spontaneous dynamism of qi manifest in the seemingly chaotic interrelated becoming of the myriad creatures.

Keywords:   Whitehead, creativity, actual entity, God, eternal object, Zhu Xi, pattern, Great Ultimate, psychophysical energy, ontological pluralism

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