Shimon Malin writes in Nature Loves to Hide:
According to Whitehead, the ultimate blocks of reality are discrete items which he calls 'throbs of experience', 'occasions of experience', 'actual occasions' or just 'occasions' depending on context. He asserts: 'I hold that these unities of existence, these occasions of experience are the really real things, which in their collective unity compose the evolving universe ever plunging into the creative advance'.
Atoms, one imagines are solitary beings able to stand alone in the void.
Experience though seems to demand a tripartite division: the experiencer, the experienced and the moment of experience itself. It seems fundamentally relational.
- Does Whitehead himself characterise experience relationally?
Set theory, which in the usual account, founds mathematics, is atomistic. A set is ontologically composed of its elements and nothing else. This has a family resemblence to atomism.
Category Theory is fundamentally relational and also, on some accounts, is capable of founding mathematics.
- Given this, is there any mileage in contemplating Whiteheads process philosophy through Category Theory?