Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology by Alfred North Whitehead

By Alfred North Whitehead

In accordance with the Gifford Lectures which Whitehead brought on the college of Edinburgh in 1927-8. technique and truth offers a procedure of speculative philosophy that is according to a express scheme of research designed to provide an explanation for how concrete features of human event offers a starting place for our realizing of truth. It additionally investigates how fact could be outlined as a means of turning into.

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Speculative Philosophy is the endeavour to frame a coherent, logical, necessary system of general ideas in terms of which every element of our experience can be interpreted. By this notion of 'interpretation' I mean that everything of which we are conscious, as enjoyed, perceived, willed, or thought, shall have the character of a particular instance of the general scheme. Thus the philosophical scheme should be coherent, logical, and, in respect to its interpretation, applicable and adequate. Here 'applicable' means that some items of experience are thus interpretable, and 'adequate' means that there are no items incapable of such interpretation.

With the purpose of obtaining a one-substance cosmology, 'prehensions' are a generalization from Descartes' mental 'cogitations,' and from Locke's 'ideas,' to express the most concrete mode of analysis applicable to every grade of individual actuality. Descartes and Locke maintained a two-substance ontology-Descartes explicitly, Locke by implication. Descartes, the mathematical physicist, emphasized his account of corporeal substance; and Locke, the physician and the sociologist, confined himself to an account of mental substance.

But the scheme is a matrix from which true propositions applicable to particular circum~ stances can be derived. We can at present only trust our trained instincts 8 Cf. Principia Mathematica, by Bertrand Russell and A. N. \Vhitehead, Vol. I, Introduction and Introduction to the Second Edition. These introductory discussions are practically due to Russell, and in the second edition wholly so. SPECULA~ PHILOSOPHY 9 as to the discrimination of the circumstances in respect to which the scheme is valid.

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