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“Waiting for Godot”? Contemporaneity, Feminism, and Creativity


  • In the previous publication, I had written the following acknowledgment under “Endnotes” and herewith it has been slightly modified: “I dedicate this work to both women and men. Particularly this is a tribute to two dear people, Professor Liu Youlan of Beijing Dance Academy and Dr. Jesse Fleming of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, who both unexpectedly passed away during the time of my writing. My former teacher and friend Professor Liu represented a remarkable scholar and my role model of femininity. Dr. Fleming, one of the Associate Editors of this journal, was a devoted colleague and a bright scholar of the Yijing, Daoism, European philosophy, and much more. My fondest memory of him and my regrets of not knowing enough of his sickness are endless. For my work on Whitehead, without Professor Steve Odin's guidance in this creative and glittering world, it is not impossible. I owe Catherine Keller so much: her immense inspiration and beautiful mind. In myriad ways these individuals are also precious to my research: Jing T. Gussin, Hong Ying, Friederike Assandri, Joseph Grange, William Hasker, Yang Hongsheng, Xinyan Jiang, Morny Joy, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Franklin Perkins, On-cho Ng, Lauren F. Pfister, Sandra A. Wawrytko, and Amy Olberding. Finally, I am in debt to the firm support, synthetic remarks, and critical discussions of Professor Chung-ying Cheng, Editor-in-Chief, during preparing this special volume and my article.

LINYU GU, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Specialties: process philosophy/theology/feminism, classical Chinese philosophy, modern Japanese thought. E-mail:


This article speaks to contemporary women and men, who both suffer from gender issues such as disconnection, separation, oppression and who forever wait for a so-called “tomorrow.” Through comparing process thought and Chinese philosophy, my study analyzes how process feminism synthesizes our demands for inter-connection and how it alerts our narrow desires in seeking “a way out.” I further challenge a fundamental weakness in this genre of Whitehead's organic multiplicity by contributing “creative harmony” of yin 陰 and yang 陽 in the Yijing《易經》cosmology. This contribution offers process feminism a humanistic “creative creativity,” which avoids the oversight in Whiteheadian philosophy of organism and therefore prospects that the mutual connectivity in Chinese cosmology is “a way through” the actual practicability of both men and women, who share a common goal.