IPN is a network of organizations and individuals dedicated to supporting, generating and disseminating an international discourse on the meaning and implications of process thought, and to fulfill this purpose:

  • Promotes member programs, conferences, publications, activities
  • Encourages development of process-related organizations;
  • Sponsors international conferences and film festivals;
  • Disseminates declarations, resolutions, and awards;
  • Facilitates publication, translation, distribution of process-oriented works;
  • Provides process-related educational programs and resources; and
  • Maintains a website that provides information on process thought and member activities.


‘Process thought’ most commonly refers to the speculative metaphysics developed by the British mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), and the American philosopher, Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000).  It in fact has a long history taking influences from Heraclitus, Plato, Leibniz, Charles Peirce, William James and Henri Bergson.  Process philosophy sees the world primarily in terms of dynamic and interrelated events and processes, and only secondarily in terms of independent substances and structures. It therefore stresses an organic model or metaphor for understanding of the world, rather than a traditional mechanistic one.

“The philosophy of organism is mainly devoted to the task of making clear the notion of ‘being present in another entity.’”(Whitehead: Process and Reality)

Recent Announcements

  • 9th International Whitehead Conference, 2013  "Society and Process - from Theory to Practice" 9-12th September 2013 - Krakow, Poland www.iwc9-poland.com The 9th International Whitehead Conference is organized by The Whitehead Metaphysical Society and ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2012, 1:18 PM by IPN Admin
  • 8th International Whitehead Conference, 2011 Creativity and Harmony: The Way of Eco-Sophia for the Future of Civilization Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, September 26-29, 2011 General Objectives: The Eco-Sophia Symposium 2011, sponsored by ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 5:15 PM by IPN Admin
  • The Dynamical Ontologies of A.N. Whitehead and N. Hartmann Last Call for papersThe Dynamical Ontologies of A.N. Whitehead and N. Hartmann5-7 May 2011, Katowice, PolandConference Venue:  Franciscan Seminary, Katowice, Panewnicka 76, PolandThe conference ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:55 PM by IPN Admin
  • Young Process Scholars: International Essay Contest 2011 Call for Papers: The International Process Network (IPN), a tax-exempt, non-profit scholarlyinstitution, tries among other things to promote philosophic, scientific, and religious studies in the spirit of ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:28 PM by IPN Admin
  • Applied Process Metaphysics Summer Institute The Centre for Philosophical Practice « Chromatiques Whiteheadiennes » (A.S.B.L., non-profit org., Brussels, www.chromatika.org), managed by Michel Weber, Docteur en philosophie, directs its works according to ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 3:55 PM by IPN Admin
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