Whitehead and the Modern World: Science, Metaphysics, and Civilization. Three Essays on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead and the Modern World: Science, Metaphysics, and Civilization. Three Essays on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead and the Modern World: Science, Metaphysics, and Civilization. Three Essays on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead and the Modern World: Science, Metaphysics, and Civilization. Three Essays on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead

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Alfred North Whitehead was born at Ramsgate, England, on February 15, 1861. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was subsequently appointed lecturer, he later became lecturer in applied mathematics and mechanics at University College, London, and professor of applied mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. In 1924 he was appointed professor of philosophy at Harvard University, a position which he held until his retirement in 1937. He was the author of many books and articles in the fields of mathematics, logic, and metaphysics. Already the recipient of many honorary degrees from English and American universities, he was awarded in 1945 the British Order of Merit, one of the highest honors which England bestows upon her subjects.

It has been the task of the contributors to this volume to estimate the significance of Whitehead's role in English and American philosophy. Few contemporary thinkers, I am sure, would subscribe to the extravagant claim, sometimes seriously made, that he is the greatest philosopher of all time. Yet no one, I am equally certain, would deny that he made a deep impression on contemporary philosophy. Whereas many authorities would not be willing to admit that Whitehead always expressed his ideas with both clarity and elegance, most of those who have read his writings with sympathetic understanding agree that his views are characterized by a breadth of experience and a depth of insight which are the envy of all aspiring . . .

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