Introduction
Our experience of nature is threatened by a growing tension between,
on the one hand, the modern conception of nature that we have in-
herited, permeating each of our thoughts, and, on the other, current
ecological changes.1 It seems that this tension has today reached a point
of no return. The concepts we deploy, the abstractions we construct,
our very modes of thought are no longer able to deepen or develop our
experience of nature; they only obscure its meaning.
This book aims to outline the conditions for a different way of
thinking about nature by rekindling certain propositions that can be
found in the philosophy of Whitehead. This return to Whitehead
might appear surprising. Although his work on cosmology has been
hailed by philosophers as diverse as Bergson, Dewey, Merleau-­Ponty,
and Deleuze, beyond these specific instances his work has remained
little known and has had little influence.2 It is perhaps this position
on the margins of the principal movements in contemporary philos-
ophy that explains the renewed interest in Whitehead’s thought over
recent years. It seems that the reasons for his marginal status are pre-
cisely those that now make his work so relevant, as if the strangeness of
the questions that animated him, and the speculative and cosmological
claims that pervade his work, were inaudible for a time but have today,
and against all expectations, become central to current concerns.3 By
developing recent texts on Whitehead’s philosophy, I will suggest that
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