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Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead

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Philospher, Mathematician, and general man of science, Alfred North Whitehead was a polymath whose interests and generous sympathies encompassed entire worlds. Here, clearly modelled on Eckermann's conversations with Goethe and recorded in Whitehead's own home, are some of the landmarks, signposts, milestones, and noble scenery of that extraordinary mind.

Whitehead's approach to life and science provides a compass for the modern world. In these pages the immense reaches of his ...

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Overview

Philospher, Mathematician, and general man of science, Alfred North Whitehead was a polymath whose interests and generous sympathies encompassed entire worlds. Here, clearly modelled on Eckermann's conversations with Goethe and recorded in Whitehead's own home, are some of the landmarks, signposts, milestones, and noble scenery of that extraordinary mind.

Whitehead's approach to life and science provides a compass for the modern world. In these pages the immense reaches of his thought -- in philosophy, religion, science, statesmanship, education, literature, art, and conduct of life -- are gathered and edited by the writer Lucien Price, a sophisticated journalist whose own interests were as eclectic as Whitehead's and whose memory for verbatim conversation was nothing short of miraculous. The scene, the Cambridge of Harvard from 1932-1947 (with flashbacks to London; Cambridge, England; and his native Ramsgate in Kent); the cast, men and women, often eminent, who join him for these penetrating, audacious, and exhilarating verbal forays. The subjects range from the homeliest details of modern living to the greatest ideas that have animated the mind of man over the past thirty centuries.

Featuring a new preface by Caldwell Titcomb and an introduction by Sir David Ross -- previously unavailable in this country -- this book stands alongside Boswell's Johnson as a model of biography, shaped jointly by the acuity of the biographer and the genius of the subject. It also stands as an accessible monument to a mind that never stopped working, a man whose life and career no writer could have invented and no serious reader can afford to overlook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567921298
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Nonpareil Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction xii
Prologue 1
The Forty-three Dialogues 19
Epilogue 367
Page of Facsimile Manuscript 368
Index 369
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