Process Philosophy in American Society

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Throughout history, man has been trying to explain man’s origin, purpose, and identity. By trying to figure out these difficult questions, many have come to the realization that either man is either theistic and believes there is a God and a supernatural presence or that man is atheistic believing that there is not God and rejects the supernatural. Because of this man can choose either of those world views. If they in fact choose the atheistic worldview they in turn will turn to another belief or set of values that reject the supernatural and replaces it with another aspect of life. One of those alternate philosophies would be process philosophy. Process philosophy is the belief that reality and life is not fixed or absolute meaning that everything within reality has the ability to change and progress as time continues on. Process philosophy has had a great effect on American society involving civil rights. Within the past century many changes have occurred including: voting and equal rights for blacks and women and rights for those who are homosexual. These rights are direct examples of process philosophy working to its fullest extent within American society. Since process philosophy takes the stance of rejecting the supernatural. Because of this man has to look toward other means to identity himself. One of them is socialism which basically “absolutizing (if only inadvertently) of the social approach to man and life.” (Martin 204) This in turn means that man has to identify himself as someone not an individual in God’s image but instead at the most a “social animal” (Lecture Notes 4.1) Because of this stance there is no differentiation between each man since there is not individualism. Hence man begins to believe that since th... ... middle of paper ... ...We see this when it came to minorities during the mid-1900s and for homosexuals today in the present. The civil rights act are part of process philosophy since they try to not create an absolute but a continuous change to society. Civil rights continuous change on the daily basis in American history/society showing that process philosophy has infiltrated its ways into our culture. Works Cited "5. Civil Rights: Demanding Equality, Topic Overview." 5. Civil Rights: Demanding Equality, Topic Overview. Annenberg Learner, n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2014. "Bill of Rights and Later Amendments." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2014. "LGBT Rights." Aclu.org. American Civil Liberties Union, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. Martin, Glenn Richards. "Chapter 8-13." Prevailing Worldviews of Western Society since 1500. Marion, IN: Triangle, 2006. 134+. Print.
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