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Why Friday, Uncle Henry? Alfred North Whitehead OM FRS FBA (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician and philosopher. He is best known as the defining figure of the philosophical school known as process philosophy, which today has found application to a wide variety of disciplines, including ecology, theology, education, physics, biology, economics, and psychology, among other areas. In his early career Whitehead wrote primarily on mathematics, logic, and physics. His most notable work in these fields is the three-volume Principia Mathematica (1910–13), which he wrote with former student Bertrand Russell. Principia Mathematica is considered one of the twentieth century's most important works in mathematical logic, and placed 23rd in a list of the top 100 English-language nonfiction books of the twentieth century by Modern Library. Beginning in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Whitehead gradually turned his attention from mathematics to philosophy of science, and finally to metaphysics. He developed a comprehensive metaphysical system which radically departed from most of western philosophy. Whitehead argued that reality consists of processes rather than material objects, and that processes are best defined by their relations with other processes, thus rejecting the theory that reality is fundamentally constructed by bits of matter that exist independently of one another. Today Whitehead's philosophical works – particularly Process and Reality – are regarded as the foundational texts of process philosophy. Whitehead's process philosophy argues that "there is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have consequences for the world around us." For this reason, one of the most promising applications of Whitehead's thought in recent years has been in the area of ecological civilization and environmental ethics pioneered by John B. Cobb, Jr.
A youth still I read Process and Reality. It was very influential, with its "actual entities" and all that, but apparently it was badly edited - "hundreds of blatant errors" - so now I want to read the corrected version. It is not a long book; 351 pages, even so it has to be given care and attention.
The "table of contents" at the start with its fourteen and a half pages is forbidding, but I will reproduce it here when I get the scanner working.
The book has five major parts: I - The Speculative Scheme, II - Discussions and Applications, III - The Theory of Prehensions, IV - The Theory of Extension, and V - Final Interpretation.
Whitehead in his Preface reminds us that "this work will be best understood by noting the following list of prevalent habits of thought, which are repudiated, in so far as concerns their influence on philosophy: (i) The distrust of speculative philosophy. (ii) The trust in language as an adequate expresion of propositions. (iii) The mode of philosophical thought which implies, and is implied by, the faculty-psychology. (iv) The subject-predicate form of expression. (v) The sensationalist doctrine of perception. (vi) The doctrine of vacuous actuality. (vii) The Kantian doctrine of the objective world as a theoretical construct from purely subjective experience. (viii) Arbitrary deductions in ex absurdo arguments. (ix) Belief that logical inconsistencies can indicate anything else than some antecedent errors."