The Concept of Nature / Edition 1

The Concept of Nature / Edition 1

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by Alfred North Whitehead
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591022142

ISBN-13: 9781591022145

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Prometheus Books

"Originally published in 1920 and based on the Tarner Lectures in the philosophy of science, this early work by Alfred North Whitehead made an important contribution to the development of philosophic naturalism. It featured his assessment of the impact of Einstein's theories and the new findings of modern physics on nature." Whitehead critiques generally accepted…  See more details below

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"Originally published in 1920 and based on the Tarner Lectures in the philosophy of science, this early work by Alfred North Whitehead made an important contribution to the development of philosophic naturalism. It featured his assessment of the impact of Einstein's theories and the new findings of modern physics on nature." Whitehead critiques generally accepted ideas about substance, space, and time, as inherited from ancient Greek philosophers and as modified in the Enlightenment. Although Whitehead accepted Einstein's theory of relativity, he took issue with Einstein's interpretation of it. Instead of positing matter as the substratum of the universe, Whitehead argued for the "event" and the "process of becoming" as the starting points for analyzing reality. He thought that this "organic" interpretation was closer to our direct, everyday experience of attributes and their relations than the abstract notion of matter assumed by philosophers and scientists for so many centuries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591022145
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. INature and thought1
Ch. IITheories of the bifurcation of nature26
Ch. IIITime49
Ch. IVThe method of extensive abstraction74
Ch. VSpace and motion99
Ch. VICongruence120
Ch. VIObjects143
Ch. VIIISummary164
Ch. IXThe ultimate physical concepts185
NoteOn the Greek concept of a point197
NoteOn significance and infinite events197
Index199

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