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Modes of Thought by Alfred North Whitehead

Modes of Thought (original 1938; edition 1968)

by Alfred North Whitehead (Author)

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Title:Modes of Thought
Authors:Alfred North Whitehead (Author)
Info:The Free Press (1968), Paperback, 179 pages
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Modes of Thought by Alfred North Whitehead (1938)



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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.
Modes of Thought is not an easy book--for it is highly compressed and sometimes reads like a series of aphorisms. But while this book will likely leave most readers wondering how all these aphorisms hold together, they are individually nearly crystaline in clarity and are wonderfully provocative. Even if one never reads further in Whitehead, engaging this short volume will set one pondering productively. And, if nothing else, one will come away armed with some wonderful philosophical one-liners.

If reading Modes of Thought makes one want to read on, the good way to proceed would be to read Science and the Modern World next followed by Adventures of Ideas and then (and only then) Process and Reality. ( )
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Modes de pensee (1938) est le point final de l'evolution de Whitehead vers la metaphysique. La philosophie del'organisme elaboree d'abord dans Science and the Modern World (1925) puis la cosmologie monumentale de Process and Reality (1929) repondaient a la volonte de replacer la philosophie de la nature dans un systeme metaphysique ou rien n'est substance et tout est evenement. Le present ouvrag comprend, reparties en quatre parties, neuf conferences donnees aux Etats-Unis devant un public etudiant. On y trouve les themes majeurs de Proces et realite: la critique de la logique aristotelicienne, de la substance premiere, du materialisme scientifique, du dualisme cartesien de l'esprit et de la matiere; et aussi la pensee positive du proces, presentee comme une activite unificatrice et individuante, appelee ici perspective et proces d'appropriation; la theorie de l'actualite et de la potentialite; la recherche de formes mathematiques dynamiques et non plus statiques.

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