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Introduction: Tales from the Whitehead Mines – On Whitehead, His Students and the Challenges of Editing the Critical Edition

Joseph Petek

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924–1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Joseph Petek discusses some of the more exciting of the Whitehead Research Project’s archival finds, including photographs of Whitehead as a teenager, while describing the atmosphere of Harvard upon ... More


Whitehead in Class: Do the Harvard-Radcliffe Course Notes Change How We Understand Whitehead’s Thought?

Brian G. Henning

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Brian Henning’s chapter takes a close look at numerous key passages that shift our understanding of Whitehead (including, for instance, the influence of C. D. Broad as a philosophical foil), and, ... More


Whitehead’s Early Harvard Period, Hartshorne and the Transcendental Project

George W. Shields

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, George Shields compares Whitehead’s Harvard lectures to the philosophy of Charles Hartshorne, arguing that the two are united in defending the possibility of a ‘transcendental ... More


Footnotes to Plato

Aljoscha Berve

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Aljoscha Berve examines Whitehead’s relationship to Plato’s philosophy in the Harvard lectures, arguing that the lectures clarify Plato’s influence on Whitehead as one half of an idealised contrast ... More


Examining Whitehead’s ‘First Lecture: September, 1924’

Paul A. Bogaard

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A quick comparison of Whitehead’s manuscript for his first Harvard lecture and the notes of his Harvard and Radcliffe students reveals that the manuscript does not exactly reflect the lecture that he ... More


Stories, Geometries, and Angels: Muriel Rukeyser, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan in the 1950s

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the development of Rukeyser and Olson’s thinking about physics over the next two decades, as they gradually jettisoned conceptual schemes based on the system and the field. Their ... More


Whitehead and His Philosophy of Evolution

Paul A. Bogaard

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Paul Bogaard discusses Whitehead’s ‘philosophy of evolution’, tracing the concepts of organism, environment and evolution through the Harvard lectures and his published works, concluding that ... More


Whitehead and Kant at Copenhagen

Jason Bell and Seshu Iyengar

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Jason Bell and Seshu Iyengar examine Whitehead’s complicated relationship to Kant, of whom he is highly critical in parts of the Harvard lectures, and yet with whom he also shares some common themes, ... More


Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Michael Epperson

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223190
eISBN:
9780823235551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223190.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

In Process and Reality and other works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come to terms with the impact the new science of quantum mechanics would have on metaphysics. This book is ... More


Whitehead’s Highly Speculative Lectures on Quantum Theory

Ronny Desmet

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Ronny Desmet endeavors in this chapter to examine Whitehead’s theory of quantum theory and primates as found in his Harvard lectures using Clerk Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism as a starting ... More


From Physics to Philosophy, and from Continuity to Atomicity

Ronny Desmet

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter by Ronny Desmet has two major sections. The first is a close reading of Whitehead’s first lecture as illustrating the synthetic and critical and common sense character of Whitehead’s ... More


Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Brian G. Henning and Joseph Petek (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book examines the significance of Whitehead’s first year of lectures at Harvard, recently published in the first volume of The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Alfred North ... More


Uncovering a ‘New’ Whitehead

George R. Lucas Jr.

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

George Lucas’ chapter begins with a discussion of all the ways in which he and others (including Victor Lowe and Lewis Ford) had misinterpreted aspects of Whitehead’s life and philosophy throughout ... More


Quanta and Corpuscles: The Influence of Quantum Mechanical Ideas on Whitehead’s Transitional Philosophy in Light of The Harvard Lectures

Gary L. Herstein

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Gary Herstein points out in this chapter that there has been much curiosity over the years about how much quantum theory may have influenced Whitehead’s philosophy and metaphysics, but that prior to ... More


Whitehead’s Biological Turn

Dennis Sölch

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Dennis Sölch discusses Whitehead’s perception that science was undergoing a paradigm shift (especially given the confusion in the field of physics at the time), and hoped to bridge the physical and ... More


Some Clarifications on Evolution and Time

Maria-Teresa Teixeira

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Maria-Teresa Teixeira examines the concepts of evolution and time as they appear in the Harvard lectures and Whitehead’s The Function of Reason five years later, noting Whitehead’s influences and the ... More


Bodies of the Void: Polyphilia and Theoplicity

Roland Faber

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

In Alfred North Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, there are two direct accounts of “bodies of the void”, that is, of “apophatic bodies”, that conceptualize the “bodying of the ... More


The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1925-1927: General Metaphysical Problems of Science

Brian G. Henning

Joseph Petek and George Lucas (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474416931
eISBN:
9781474496308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416931.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This second volume of the Critical Edition of Whitehead covers Whitehead’s second and third years of lectures at Harvard University and Radcliffe College. It reveals the development of his philosophy ... More


Harvard lectures, fall semester 1926

Brian G. Henning, Joseph Petek, and George Lucas

in The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1925-1927: General Metaphysical Problems of Science

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474416931
eISBN:
9781474496308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416931.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Notes taken by George Perrigo Conger, Everett John Nelson, Lester Snow King, Gardner Jackson, and George Bosworth Burch during Whitehead’s class ‘Philosophy 3b: Philosophy of Science’. The topics ... More


On Herstein’s ‘Quanta and Corpuscles’

Ronny Desmet

in Whitehead at Harvard, 1924-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474461351
eISBN:
9781474480871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461351.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter Ronny Desmet airs some disagreements with Gary Herstein’s earlier chapter on ‘Quanta and Corpuscles’, arguing for a more nuanced understanding of Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation. He ... More


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