Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

In Memoriam: Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000)

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

In Memoriam: Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000)

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Charles Hartshorne was born on the fifth of June 1897 in Kittaning, Pennsylvania, and died October 9, 2000 in Austin, Texas. His 104 years of life were dedicated to philosophical study and it is no exaggeration to say that he decidedly reshaped our conception of God, creativity, and the nature of our relation to each other. He taught at the University of Chicago, Haverford College, Emory University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

He was deeply influenced by his Quaker upbringing and the example of his parents. His pacifism and simple style of life reflected their influence. His service as a medical corps volunteer underscored his commitment to his religious beliefs.

In addition to studying for three years with Whitehead at Harvard University, he also attended lectures by Husserl and Heidegger and immersed himself in the then new discipline of phenomenology. All of us, especially those interested in classical American philosophy, are indebted to him and Paul Weiss for editing the six volume edition of The Collected Papers of C. S. Peirce. Though he was strongly influenced by Whitehead, he never regarded himself as a disciple of that particular philosophical outlook.

His publication in 1948 of The Divine Relativity was a landmark in the development of process theology and gave new impetus to the effort to understand God as being always in the process of becoming. His other work Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes continued this key contribution to natural theology. …

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