Alfred North Whitehead


Born
in Ramsgate, Kent, England, The United Kingdom
February 15, 1861

Died
December 30, 1947

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Alfred North Whitehead, OM FRS (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 co-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 o
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Process and Reality: An Ess...

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Science and the Modern World

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Adventures of Ideas

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The Aims of Education

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Modes of Thought

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Principia Mathematica to '56

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An Introduction to Mathematics

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Religion in the Making

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The Function of Reason

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Dialogues of Alfred North W...

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“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“Religion carries two sorts of people in two entirely opposite directions: the mild and gentle people it carries towards mercy and justice; the persecuting people it carries into fiendish sadistic cruelty. Mind you, though this may seem to justify the eighteenth-century Age of Reason in its contention that religion is nothing but an organized, gigantic fraud and a curse to the human race, nothing could be farther from the truth. It possesses these two aspects, the evil one of the two appealing to people capable of naïve hatred; but what is actually happening is that when you get natures stirred to their depths over questions which they feel to be overwhelmingly vital, you get the bad stirred up in them as well as the good; the mud as well as the water. It doesn't seem to matter much which sect you have, for both types occur in all sects....”
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead

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