This brief text assists students in understanding Whitehead's philosophy and thinking so they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the Wadsworth Notes Series, (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON WHITEHEAD is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher, better enabling students to engage in reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
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abstraction According to Whitehead active datum actual entity Actual Occasions actual world Adventures of Ideas aesthetic experience analysis antecedent beauty Causal Efficacy centre of orientation character cognitive complex expressions concrete fact construction contemporary Occasions continuity contrast cosmology creative advance defined Descartes dominant efficient causation emergence environment Eternal Objects existence expressions of freedom extensive continuum feature field finite framework function harmony idea ideals imaginative immanent includes inclusive disjunction indeterminate individual Occasion intellectual supplementation Kant laws of nature mechanistic Microscopic non-living notion novel novelty objectified objectivist Occasion's Occasions that constitute Ontological Principle organisms particular Past Occasions perceptive mode perspective phase possible potentiality Present Occasion Presentational Immediacy principle of Creativity Process and Reality promise of knowledge real continuum realized self-constituting self-construction self-determination sense society Speculative Metaphysics Speculative Philosophy speculative scheme sphere subjective form teleological temporally structured thought transcendental transcends understanding understood unity values felt whereby Whitehead is able Whitehead's metaphysics