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Whitehead's Metaphysical System

John W. Lango

in The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219315
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199891047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199219315.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Whitehead's Metaphysical System

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Born in England, and having held positions in mathematics at Cambridge University and the University of London, Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) became an American philosopher at the age of sixty-three, by crossing the Atlantic to hold a position in philosophy at Harvard. A main theme of this article on the American Whitehead is that his philosophical writings at Harvard are not merely of antiquarian interest but instead have considerable relevance for a variety of current philosophical topics. The focus is on the metaphysical system in his magnum opus, Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology (1929).

Keywords: Alfred North Whitehead; metaphysical system; American philosopher; philosophical writings; England; antiquarian interest

Article.  3966 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Science

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