Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead
David R. Godine Publisher, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 385 pages
"Whitehead's approach to life and science provides a compass for the modern world. In these pages the immense reaches of his thought - in philosophy, religion, science, statesmanship, education, literature, art, and conduct of life - are gathered and edited by the writer Lucien Price, a sophisticated journalist whose own interests were as eclectic as Whitehead's and whose memory for verbatim conversation was nothing short of miraculous. The scene, the Cambridge of Harvard from 1932-1947 (with flashbacks to London; Cambridge, England; and his native Ramsgate in Kent); the cast, men and women, often eminent, who join him for these penetrating, audacious, and exhilarating verbal forays. The subjects range from the homeliest details of modern living to the greatest ideas that have animated the mind of man over the past thirty centuries."--BOOK JACKET.
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Reading this book is essentially like having a conversation with a friendly genius. I was genuinely impressed by the down-to-earth attitude coupled with the insight which flowed so naturally out of the conversations. The book also provides quite a bit of historical context to Whitehead's philosophy, and manages to do so in a way that is not only interesting for the study of this philosophy, but also in such a way as to convey the emotional weight of the situations involved. The questions which Price calls forth are the questions which should have been asked, and the conversations had between the two are illuminating. Not only valuable in the study of the man's work, but also in the simple fact that it is a very good read, this book leaves one feeling as if one now knows Whitehead on a personal level, and this is a feat altogether too uncommon amongst other biographic works or dialogues pertaining to Philosophers. I highly recommend this book for an informal introduction to Whitehead's general philosophy, and also to anyone wishing for that feeling one gets in good, intelligent conversation with a man worthy of respect.