Process and Reality (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Social Science - 448 pages
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Based on the Gifford Lectures which Whitehead delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1927-8. Process and Reality presents a system of speculative philosophy which is based on a categorical scheme of investigation designed to explain how concrete aspects of human experience can provide a foundation for our understanding of reality. It also investigates how reality can be defined as a process of becoming.
  

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User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

I've been told many times that I should look at Whitehead, but I have always been put off by his writing, which is decidedly not "analytic" even though he is an important figure in analytic philosophy ... Read full review

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I have wanted to read Alfred North Whitehead's "Process and Reality" since my undergraduate days as a philosophy major but have only done so recently, several years into retirement. It would have been ... Read full review

Contents

PART II
29
Objective Immortality
31
FACT AND FORM
39
THE EXTENSIVE CONTINUUM
49
PART IV
62
PART V
105
ORGANISMS AND ENVIRONMENT
110
LOCKE AND HUME
130
THE TRANSMISSION OF FEELINGS
244
PROPOSITIONS AND FEELINGS
256
COORDINATE DIVISION
283
EXTENSIVE CONNECTION
294
FLAT LOCI
302
STRAINS
310
MEASUREMENT
322
THE IDEAL OPPOSITES
337

FROM DESCARTES TO KANT
144
SYMBOLIC REFERENCE
168
PROCESS
208
THE CATEGOREAL SCHEME
394
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Page 22 - That the potentiality for being an element in a real concrescence of many entities into one actuality, is the one general metaphysical character attaching to all entities, actual and non-actual; and that every item in its universe is involved in each concrescence. In other words, it belongs to the nature of a 'being' that it is a potential for every 'becoming.

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Alfred North Whitehead, who began his career as a mathematician, ranks as the foremost philosopher in the twentieth century to construct a speculative system of philosophical cosmology. After his graduation from Cambridge University, he lectured there until 1910 on mathematics. Like Bertrand Russell (see also Vol. 5), his most brilliant pupil, Whitehead viewed philosophy at the start from the standpoint of mathematics, and, with Russell, he wrote Principia Mathematica (1910--13). This work established the derivation of mathematics from logical foundations and has transformed the philosophical discipline of logic. From his work on mathematics and its logical foundations, Whitehead proceeded to what has been regarded as the second phase of his career. In 1910 he left Cambridge for the University of London, where he lectured until he was appointed professor of applied mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. During his period in London, Whitehead produced works on the epistemological and metaphysical principles of science. The major works of this period are An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge (1919), The Concept of Nature (1920), and The Principles of Relativity (1922). In 1924, at age 63, Whitehead retired from his position at the Imperial College and accepted an appointment as professor of philosophy at Harvard University, where he began his most creative period in speculative philosophy. In Science and the Modern World (1925) he explored the history of the development of science, examining its foundations in categories of philosophical import, and remarked that with the revolutions in biology and physics in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a revision of these categories was in order. Whitehead unveiled his proposals for a new list of categories supporting a comprehensive philosophical cosmology in Process and Reality (1929), a work hailed as the greatest expression of process philosophy and theology. Adventures of Ideas (1933) is an essay in the philosophy of culture; it centers on what Whitehead considered the key ideas that have shaped Western culture.

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