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The Function of Reason

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Louis Clarke Vanuxem Foundation lectures delivered at Princeton University, March 1929
'...In these pages I consider Reason in its relation to these contrasted aspects of history. Reason is the self-discipline of the originative element in history. Apart from the operations of Reason, this element is anarchic.'--from the Summary
Paperback, 90 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press (first published 1929)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: فلسفه
دوستانِ گرانقدر، <وایت هد> در این کتاب به موضوع واقعیت و حقیقت پرداخته است. البته بسیار موضوع را پیچیده بیان کرده است
در کلیدی ترین اظهارِ نظرِ خود، اینگونه مینویسد که: پایهٔ همهٔ قدرتها، برتریِ واقعیت بر فکر است. با اینحال این تضاد بینِ واقعیت و فکر را، میتوان سفسطه پنداشت. زیرا فکر در امرِ تجربه، خود نیز یک عامل است.. لذا واقعیت بدون واسطه، آن چیزی است که میباشد و این تا اندازه ای به علتِ فکری است که واقعیت را فراگرفته است
واقعیت ها تفسیرِ وقایع هستند و تفسیر بر پایهٔ یک رشته علایقِ قبلی،
Aung Sett Kyaw Min
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
If the trajectory of our material cosmos is characterized by slow-oozing entropic decomposition, then how do we account for the increasing complexity of life across a development that spans eons? Whitehead's answer is that basically there is a counter-tendency at work that seeks to enhance and increase the quality of life beyond what is executed by a method, i.e. Reason.
REASON is a synthesis of theoretical reflection (Speculative Reason), which serves only itself and operates as a regulative pr
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pernicious teleology permeates our world today and Whitehead defends it in these lectures from 1929 which are no longer than an obnoxious Hollywood Blockbuster would be. I prefer thought to action and would recommend this lecture over blowing up people on the screen.

Whitehead doesn't like Scientific Materialism and does a very good job at defending a scientific realism position. According to him, our world is understandable in the domain of applicability for which it is under consideration and
Matthew Conroy
Sep 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I was hoping for much more from this, but Whitehead goes round in circles here, and never really makes any strong points.
Mike  Davis
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
A classic that should be a 'must' for any library on philosophy. Short book that delves into reason as derived from Greek philosophical methodology.
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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 care