The Categories and the Principle of Coherence: Whitehead's Theory of Categories in Historical Perspective
The general topic of this book is the theory of categories, its sources, meaning and development. The inquiry can be seen to proceed on two levels. On one, the history of the theory is traced from its alleged genesis in Aristotle, through its main subsequent stages of Kant and Hegel, up to a kind of consummation in two of its prominent twentieth century adherents, Alfred North White head and Nicolai Hartmann. Special attention has been paid to that aspect of the Hegelian conception of the categorial analysis from which the principle of coherence emerged. On the second, deeper level, however, everything starts with Whitehead's metaphysical system, the central part of which con sists of a fascinating, though highly intricate, web of categorial notions and propositions. The historical perspective becomes a means for untangling that web. I am indebted to a number of people for advice, comment and criticism of various parts of this book. My greatest thanks go to my teachers and colleagues Nathan Rotenstreich, Nathan Spiegel, Yaakov Fleischman, as well as to the late Shmuel Hugo Bergman and Pepita Haezrachi. of this book was published in 1967 by An earlier, Hebrew version the Bialik Institute of Jerusalem. I am grateful to Mr Yehoshua Perel, Mr Arnold Schwartz and to my wife Varda for their cooperation in rendering the extensively revised text of the book into readable English. I also owe great appreciation to Miss Liat Dawe for an accurate and painstaking word-processing of the text.
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Aristotle and the Beginning of the Doctrine
The Definition of Category in its Aristotelian Sense
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abstract act of experience actual entity analysis apply Aristotelian Aristotle Aristotle's theory aspect assumption basic categorial scheme categories of explanation chapter coherence concept of substance concrescence concrete consciousness contradiction Dasein and Sosein derived Descartes determination dialectic differentiae discussion distinction elements essence eternal objects expressed fact formal logic formulation function genus Hartmann Hegel Hegelian theory Ibid idea ideal entities identity interpretation Kant Kant's Kantian knowledge ladder of predicates laws meaning metaphysical situation modes of existence multiplicity nature ontic opposition particular philosophy Plato Pluto potentiality prehension present presuppose primary problem Process and Reality process of becoming propositions pure concepts quantity question reason relation relationship scheme of categories Science of Logic sensation sense Socrates specific speculative spheres stratum substratum synthesis system of categories table of categories term theory of categories things thinking thought tion transcendental logic transition triad understanding unity universal Whitehead Whiteheadian