Whitehead's American Essays in Social Philosophy

Whitehead's American Essays in Social Philosophy

Whitehead's American Essays in Social Philosophy

Whitehead's American Essays in Social Philosophy

Synopsis

Whitehead's ten American essays in social philosophy are here reprinted in their original form, although not in chronological sequence. They have been rearranged to present first Whitehead's statement of general social principles and are followed by those essays in which he discusses problems of internal social reform and the factors which influence human societies. Next come those essays in which Whitehead is primarily concerned with international relations and last are the essays dealing specifically with educational problems.

Excerpt

Alfred North Whitehead arrived in Cambridge,Massachusetts in 1924, at the age of 63. Already he had acquired an international reputation in the fields of mathematics and the philosophy of science. His careers at Cambridge University and at The University of London were marked not only by brilliant scholarship but also by stimulating teaching and by wise and efficacious administrative activities. He wrote an impressive series of learned volumes: A Treatise on Universal Algebra; The Axioms of Projective Geometry; The Axioms of Descriptive Geometry; the three volume Principia Mathematica (with Bertrand Russell); An Introduction to Mathematics; The Organization of Thought; An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge; The Concept of Nature; The Principle of Relativity. There was also a considerable number of technical articles. In addition to all this, Whitehead assumed his responsibilities as a citizen by participating in local politics and by serving on several national "commissions." A wide circle of friends from all walks of life testified to his personal charm and solid worth as a civilized gentleman.

Whitehead found the transition to New England easy and congenial. His American career, begun at a time when most men are getting ready to retire, was in some respects even more impressive than his careers in England. From 1924 to 1937, Whitehead served as professor of philosophy at Harvard. (This was . . .

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