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Organicism as Reenchantment

Whitehead, Prigogine, and Barth

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James E. Kirk

Organicism as Reenchantment explores how an organic metaphor for nature, based on the insights of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, provides a basis for revitalizing the dialogue between the sciences and the humanities. The book examines the scientific work of Nobel laureate Ilja Prigogine and the novels of John Barth, and argues that the stories humans tell evolve in a manner strikingly similiar to nonlinear, physical systems. The author contends that literature is an external manifestation of the internal relations of nature, providing insight into the fundamental structure of reality.