Track 1: Can Whitehead’s Cosmology Contribute to Hindu and Jain Thought?

Hindu and Jain thought build on and give rise to cosmological systems rooted in mystical and visionary experience and, in the case of Hindu thought, reflection on the Vedic scriptures. They often guide spiritual development. Whitehead is unusual among recent thinkers to have developed a cosmology, in this case informed more by science. This track will consider whether these different cosmologies can enrich one another.

Plenary Speaker and Section VII Chair

Jeffery D. Long

Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College

Jeffery D. Long is Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is associated with the Vedanta Society, D?NAM (the Dharma Academy of North America) and the Hindu American Foundation. A major theme of Long’s work is religious pluralism, a topic he approaches from a perspective informed by the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and which he refers to as a “”Hindu process theology.”

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