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  Alfred North Whitehead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Whitehead's metaphysical views began to emerge in his 1925 Science and the Modern World, also an important study in the history of ideas, and the role of science and mathematics in the rise of Western civilization.
Whitehead's rejection of mind-body dualism is similar to elements in faith traditions such as Buddhism.
Willard Quine, 1941, "Whitehead and the rise of modern logic" in Schilpp (1941).
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 Alfred North Whitehead's Process and Reality
Whitehead describes his system of speculative philosophy as a ‘philosophy of organism,’ or as an ‘organic philosophy,’ in that he views reality as consisting of interrelated and mutually dependent parts which are involved in sustaining vital processes.
Whitehead’s ‘philosophy of organism’ is concerned with two levels of meaning and reality: 1) the formal structure of actual entities (or actual occasions), and 2) the ‘givenness’ of the world in which actual entities or occasions occur.
Whitehead describes ‘symbolic reference’ as a mixed mode of perception, or as the interplay between the modes of causal efficacy and presentational immediacy.
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 Educational Theory of Alfred North Whitehead
Whitehead was interested in actively 'utilizing the knowledge and skills that were taught to students to a particular end.
Knowledge for Whitehead is a social construct to the extent it "stimulates activity of thought and not what he calls inert ideas, that is to say ideas that are merely received into the mind without being utilized, or tested, or thrown into fresh combination"(Aims page I).
Whitehead denied that "entirely living nexus could be social in nature and that social relationships only occur in temporal strings; contemporaries are jointly indicated via their several derivations from a common past" (Organism-page 3)
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 Whitehead biography
Whitehead was always treated by his parents as the baby of the family and, rather surprisingly, they considered him a sickly and frail child when it appears that this was not the case.
Whitehead was not sent to primary school because his parents thought that he was too delicate, so he was taught at home by his father until he was 14.
Whitehead was planning a second volume of Treatise on Universal Algebra but both their plans were somewhat disrupted in 1901 when Russell discovered his famous set theory paradox.
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Alfred North Whitehead came to Harvard as Professor of Philosophy in the autumn of 1924, upon his retirement from the University of London.
Whitehead would restore to us that world of our first intuitions of reality which had been lost sight of when the one world of the natural man was separated into the finite, sensible, and sinful world of sense-perception and the good, the beautiful and really true, which were sent off to live in Plato's Heaven.
Alfred North Whitehead was a notable friend whom Lucian Price recorded as having said "the Unitarians come the nearest to having found a way to adapt the Christian ideas to the world we live in".
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 Alfred North Whitehead
Whitehead's philosophical influence can be felt in all three of the main areas in which he worked (i.e., logic and the foundations of mathematics, the philosophy of science, and metaphysics) as well as in other areas such as ethics, education and religion.
Like Gottlob Frege, Whitehead and Russell took the view that numbers could be identified with sets of sets, and that number-theoretic operations could be explained in terms of set theoretic operations such as intersection, union, and difference.
Whitehead's basic idea was that we obtain the abstract idea of a spatial point by considering the limit of a real-life series of volumes extending over each other, for example, a nested series of Russian dolls or a nested series of pots and pans.
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 The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead
Alfred North Whitehead (picture) was born in 1861 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, and died in 1947.
Whitehead, while constantly contending that the "bifurcation of nature," the sharp division between nature and mind, established by Descartes, had "poisoned all subsequent philosophy" and jeopardized the very meaning of life, restored the subject-object relation as a fundamental structural pattern of experience, "but not in the sense in which subject-object is identified with knower-known."
Whitehead thought that philosophy, speculative metaphysics included, was not, or should not be, a ferocious debate between irritable professors but "a survey of possibilities and their comparison with actualities," balancing the fact, the theory, the alternatives and the ideal.
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 Alfred North Whitehead for the Muddleheaded
Whitehead calls himself an empiricist, by which he means a philosopher who takes all of human experience into account, including vague, primitive experiences, such as sleepiness, as well as the clear experiences, like a lightning flash.
Whitehead's God is not the same as the world, and nor is the world a part of God, but they are both forms within the process of enjoyment and desire.
Whitehead asserts first, that the soul is a personal society of serial occasions piled on one another; and second, that perception in the primitive mode of causal efficacy, plus introspection, provides the only information that gives meaning, life and warmth to the dry digital data from the five senses.
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 Alfred North Whitehead: Tutte le informazioni su Alfred North Whitehead su Encyclopedia.it   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alfred North Whitehead: Tutte le informazioni su Alfred North Whitehead su Encyclopedia.it
Alfred North Whitehead - (Ramsgate, Kent 15 febbraio 1861 - Cambridge, Massachusetts 30 dicembre 1947) - è stato un filosofo e matematico inglese; si occupò di logica, matematica, epistemologia, teologia e metafisica.
Il pensiero filosofico di Whitehead è sempre stato improntato alla negazione di ogni tipo approccio meccanicistico nella filosofia della scienza.
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 BookRags: Alfred North Whitehead Biography
Whitehead was born on February 15, 1861, at Ramsgate in the Isle of Thanet, Kent, England.
While at Trinity, all of Whitehead's formal education was in the field of mathematics, the British system not having yet accepted the concept of a broad liberal education for all students.
Whitehead later wrote that Grassmann, in particular, had been "an original genius, never sufficiently recognized." All of Whitehead's future work on mathematical logic, he said, was derived from the contributions of these three men.
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 Alfred North Whitehead - Free net encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alfred North Whitehead, OM (February 15 1861 – December 30 1947) was a British mathematician who became a philosopher.
From the outset, Whitehead's theory received less attention than Einstein's, and was generally discredited by 1972, by a comparison of experimental and predicted variability of the gravitational constant G.
Whitehead was asked to give the 1927 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, which resulted in his (1929), Process and Reality, the book that founded process philosophy and is a major contribution to modern metaphysics.
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 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Alfred North Whitehead
Alfred North Whitehead (February 15 1861, Ramsgate, Kent, UK – December 30 1947, Cambridge, MA) was a British-American philosopher, physicist and mathematician who worked in logic, mathematics, philosophy of science and metaphysics.
Whitehead's rejection of mind-body dualism is similar to elements in oriental faith traditions such as Buddhism.
Whitehead's theory received less attention than Einstein's, and was generally discredited by 1972 with a comparison of experimental and predicted variability of the gravitational constant G.
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 Malaspina Great Books - Alfred North Whitehead (1861)
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947) was a British philosopher and mathematician who worked in logic,; mathematics, philosophy of science and metaphysics.
According to Whitehead, everything in the universe is characterized by experience (which is not to be confused with consciousness); there is no mind-body duality under this system, because "mind" is simply seen as a very developed kind of experienceing.
Whitehead was influenced by the ideas developed in the early 1900s by French Jewish philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson.
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 Alfred North Whitehead
Mathematician, philosopher, and metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead is chiefly remembered for his three volume Principia Mathematica (co-authored with Bertrand Russell), and for his development of process philosophy Process philosophy essentially states that: "Mathematical physics presumes in the first place an electromagnetic field of activity pervading space and time.
Born in Ramsgate, England in 1861, the youngest of four children, Alfred Whitehead was homeschooled by his father (an Anglican minister) until he was 14 years old.
Whitehead taught at Harvard until his retirement in 1937 and died in 1947.
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 Biographical Notes on Alfred North WHITEHEAD
Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher, was born in England in 1861, schooled at home until age 14, and graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, UK in 1884.
In the field of mathematics Whitehead extended the range of algebraic procedures and, in collaboration with Bertrand Russell, wrote Principia Mathematica (3 vol., 1910-13), a landmark in the study of logic.
Whitehead's life is often described as having three distinct phases roughly corresponding to his academic positions, and his influence can be felt in all three areas--that of a mathematician and logician (Trinity1884-1910), a philosopher of science (London 1910-1924) and a philosopher of metaphysics (Harvard from 1924 onward).
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The discussion of how the paradigmatic thinking (or closed mindset) of Christianity, in an early era, virtually shut down any advance or development of mathematical thought (for centuries!), while creative advances flourished elsewhere, is most enlightening, and serves as an instructive caveat, or warning, about the danger of lapsing into dogmatic slumbers.
Whitehead is the one major thinker of the twentieth century who has really tried to put things together.
Whitehead was not an expert in all of these.
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 Category List --- Religion-Online.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
While Whitehead is appreciative of the accomplishments of the modern world, he clearly recognizes its limitations, and points beyond them.
Whitehead's postmodern sensibility is highly critical of the dominant leadership of the traditional religions, insisting that religion needs to be liberated from the shackles in which it is now bound.
Whitehead’s thought connects with that of "situation ethics." In this view, obeying moral rules is not the answer.
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 Amazon.com: Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28): ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Whitehead wanted to critique most Modern philosophy with what he termed the 'philosophy of organism;' that is, Whitehead insisted that experience or 'feeling' rather than disembodied thinking was the hallmark of human existence, and that all experience was subjective.
But when Whitehead wrote in the preface to Process and Reality that `the writer who most fully anticipated the main positions of the philosophy of organism is John Locke,' he was stressing the fact that Locke discarded metaphysics, seeking rather to look at what was actually happening, as far as he could tell.
Whitehead resolved to accept that both quantum mechanics and relativity theory are both true, or rather, complete unto themselves for the domain of physical phenomena they addressed, and resolved to accept they cannot be reconciled.
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 Amazon.ca: Modes of Thought: Books: Alfred North Whitehead   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For the reader looking for a way into the thought of Alfred North Whitehead, this short volume is the best place to begin.
In six lectures delivered toward the end of his career, Whitehead provides a non-technical sketch of the metaphysics and cosmology he had earlier presented in extended and highly technical form in his magnum opus, Process and Reality.
Whitehead wrote clearly and simply about some of the most difficult philosophical ideas.
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 Alfred North Whitehead -- Philosophy Books and Online Resources
Two dozen steps from ancient Greek thought to the panexperientialism of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, and its use in New Thought.
When Alfred North Whitehead published The Principle of Relativity in 1922 as an alternative to Einstein’s 1905 and 1916 expositions, it immediately suffered the same ignoble stillbirth of Hume’s first Treatise.
Whitehead’s mathematical treatment of special relativity doesn’t differ from Einstein’s, and where it does with respect to general relativity, the available evidence hasn’t been kind to Whitehead.
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 Alfred North Whitehead
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861–1947, English mathematician and philosopher, grad.
In the field of mathematics Whitehead extended the range of algebraic procedures and, in collaboration with Bertrand Russell, wrote
Alfred North Whitehead - Mathematician/Philosopher, born 15 February 1861, Mathematician who turned to metaphysics and religion
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 fUSION Anomaly. Alfred North Whitehead
Whitehead, Alfred North (1861-1947), British mathematician and metaphysician, generally recognized as one of the greatest 20th-century philosophers.
Whitehead explored and explained fundamental natural concepts in scientific terms in order to formulate a philosophy of natural science.
He did this by examining concepts that, although acceptable to the pure scientist as unexplained hypotheses, had to be explained and verified through his method of philosophical analysis.
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Among philosophers of this century Alfred North Whitehead has been a seminal thinker for an increasingly influential concept in the theological world.
To Whitehead, God is in the world, or nowhere, creating continually in us and around us.
For Whitehead, the cosmic process -- God -- is characterized by change, dynamism, inter-relationships or "organic inter-penetration," the presence of heights and depths of "importance," and the quality of tenderness or love.
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