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Posted February 25, 2003
Whitehead's metaphysics is famously difficult to grasp, because even the most erudite students unavoidably approach it with a conceptual toolkit derived from the very substantivist metaphysic that Whitehead seeks to overturn. Wallack parses the basic metaphysical concepts of Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism with a relentless focus on elucidating - or in some cases, discovering - Whitehead's own interpretation, and weeding out the misinterpretations of Whiteheadians which have crept into the canon, and which are due to deeply buried substantivist habits. One is reminded of Bohr's intellectual rigor. Wallack bolsters each of her arguments with numerous citations and quotes from Whitehead's opus. By the end of each chapter, there is little room for confusion on the basic concept it discusses. Wallack interprets quantum mechanics and relativity theory in terms of Whitehead's epochal theory of time, and vice versa, finding profound agreement. Well written, beautifully organized, densely packed with insights, and totally cogent. One of the most satisfying books I've ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.