Whitehead, Alfred North

Whitehead, Alfred North
(1861-1947)
   An English mathematician and philosopher, Whitehead began his career in mathematics and, with Bertrand Russell, published the monumental Principia Mathematica (1910-13), an attempt to reduce all of mathematics to a logical basis. In the final stage of his career at Harvard (1924-47) Whitehead developed his distinctive influential metaphysical system known as process philosophy which brought together his religious upbringing (he was the son of an Anglican priest) with a metaphysics that he believed fitted the emerging Einsteinian conception of the universe. For Whitehead, the basic metaphysical unit was not substance, but rather an 'actual occasion', that is, a basic unit of process. Whitehead's God exists in eternal dynamism with the universe. These views were most fully developed in his Gifford Lectures, Process and Reality (1929). Whitehead's metaphysics has had relatively little influence among philosophers, but this is perhaps not surprising since it is difficult to borrow a concept from such a complete system. It has, however, been quite influential among Christian theologians.
   Further reading: Johnson 1983; Schilpp 1951; Whitehead 1929; Wilmot 1979

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