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Martin Luther King meets Alfred North Whitehead: the praxis of liberation metaphysics

Monday, June 29, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Type:
David Giesen
Location Details:
La Boheme Cafe
near Mission St. on 24th St.

Come join a discussion of what happens when liberation theology meets process thought in the context of San Francisco's hyper-agitated real estate market. This is an on-going discussion in its third week.

In week 1 we discussed MLK's sermons and talks identifying his conviction that a moral basis underlies the constructive betterment of society.

In week 2 we read later sermons and talks of MLK's asserting that the constructive betterment of society is a process. Further, we discussed Alfred North Whitehead's "process thought" philosophy as an elaborated complement to MLK's observation that social change is co-generated by all members of community.

In week 3 anticipate discussion of MLK's unsolidified thoughts on reconciling the uplifting of the individual with a public policy robustly addressing institutional favortism.

Martin Luther King, jr. formulated a liberating civil disobedience based upon a theology of transformative love. Alfred North Whitehead formulated a philosophy of life based upon ever evolving relationships from the electron on up through nebular systems. We wonder if transformative love isn't a species of evolving creative relationship and further, we wonder if rising land values in the Bay Region aren't but a reflection of the emergent quality of social, economic, and political relationships.

If so, then land values are a process of society, not a manufacture of individuals, and consequently to divorce land rents from the public good is lousy philosophy, corrosive public policy, and derelict theology.

Join The Commons SF in generating a metaphysics that informs public action in constituting a just society. This is a roundtable discussion moderated by a reader and admirer of both King and Whitehead. One does not need to have read either to participate, but discussion will be moderated to stay on topic.
Added to the calendar on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 3:43PM
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