Track 5: Thinking Independently in the Tradition of Classical Greece

Sixteen speakers will present current philosophical perspectives on a number of subjects, including relations of present philosophy to the Greek philosophical heritage, varieties of process thought and its applications, philosophy of nature and other metaphysical topics, and ways of recognizing and overcoming destructive effects of anthropocentrism on nonhuman creatures and their environments.

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Donald Crosby

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Colorado State University

Donald A. Crosby’s current philosophical interests are metaphysics, with emphasis on philosophy of nature; American philosophical pragmatism; philosophy of religion; and religious naturalism. He is the author of eleven published books on American religious thought, philosophy of religion, philosophical nihilism, religious naturalism, and his own version of process metaphysics. He is also co-editor of three other books and author of around fifty published articles or chapters in books and about twenty-five book reviews.

He has been strongly influenced by the thought of William James, John Dewey, Alfred North Whitehead, and Paul Tillich, but other great philosophical and religious thinkers of the Western tradition have made decisive contributions to his outlook as well, as have important writers about Eastern ways of thinking and living.

Still another major influence on Crosby’s outlook are the theories and findings of contemporary science, especially in the fields of cosmology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. Crosby taught for thirty-six years in the philosophy department at Colorado State University, three years at Centre College of Kentucky, and as an adjunct for several years in the philosophy department of Florida State University.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, a B.D. and Th.M. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics) from the joint program in Religion of Union Seminary and Columbia University in New York. He also spent a postdoctoral sabbatical year at Yale University. He is now professor of philosophy emeritus of Colorado State University and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Postings from Seizing an Alternative

Donald Crosby’s track summary, Thinking Independently in the Tradition of Classical Greece for Section VII, Reimagining and Reinventing the Wisdom Traditions – Spirituality.

Abstracts for Thinking Independently in the Tradition of Classical Greece, for Section VII, Reimagining and Reinventing the Wisdom Traditions – Spirituality.

NANCY HOWELL, “GREAT APES AND WISDOM: TRADING ANTHROPOCENTRISM FOR ANIMALCENTRIC ANTHROPOMORPHISM”

Suggested Reading List

Links to Section-related books and media for pre-conference preparation include: