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Process and Reality (1929)

by Alfred North Whitehead

Series: Gifford Lectures (1927-1928)

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One of the major philosophical texts of the 20th century, Process and Reality is based on Alfred North Whitehead's influential lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in the 1920s on process philosophy. Whitehead's master work in philsophy, Process and Reality propounds a system of speculative philosophy, known as process philosophy, in which the various elements of reality into a consistent relation to each other. It is also an exploration of some of the preeminent thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Descartes, Newton, Locke, and Kant. The ultimate edition of Whitehead's magnum opus, Process and Reality is a standard reference for scholars of all backgrounds.… (more)
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This is the foundation of what is called process thought or process philosophy. This metaphysics overcomes the serious limitations of a Cartesian view of the universe that separates mind from body and mental activity from "real things." The process vision places process as primary; what we call "things" come into being via a process.

This is the corrected edition of Whitehead's magnum opus. This is a challenging book to master without assistance from one or more of the following: An experienced and excellent teacher; Donald Sherburne's Key to Process and Reality; Robert Mesle's Process-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead; the Center for Process (www.ctr4process.org) in Claremont, CA. ( )
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This course of lectures is designed as an essay in Speculative Philosophy. Its first task must be to define 'speculative philosophy,' and to defend it as a method productive of important knowledge.
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The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
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One of the major philosophical texts of the 20th century, Process and Reality is based on Alfred North Whitehead's influential lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in the 1920s on process philosophy. Whitehead's master work in philsophy, Process and Reality propounds a system of speculative philosophy, known as process philosophy, in which the various elements of reality into a consistent relation to each other. It is also an exploration of some of the preeminent thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Descartes, Newton, Locke, and Kant. The ultimate edition of Whitehead's magnum opus, Process and Reality is a standard reference for scholars of all backgrounds.

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Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology is based on the Gifford Lectures which he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1927-8. Whitehead presents a system of speculative philosophy which is based on a categoreal scheme of investigation, designed to explain how concrete aspects of human experience can provide a foundation for our understanding of reality. Whitehead also investigates how reality can be defined as a process of becoming.

The lectures are divided into five parts: "Part I: The Speculative Scheme;" "Part II: Discussions and Applications;" "Part III: The Theory of Prehensions;" "Part IV: The Theory of Extension;" and "Part V: Final Interpretation."
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