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The concept of nature

Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2004.
Series: Great books in philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Originally published in 1920 and based on the Tarner Lectures in the philosophy of science, this early work by Alfred North Whitehead made an important contribution to the development of philosophic naturalism. It featured his assessment of the impact of Einstein's theories and the new findings of modern physics on nature." "Whitehead critiques generally accepted ideas about substance, space, and time, as inherited  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred North Whitehead
ISBN: 1591022142 9781591022145
OCLC Number: 54775926
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge : University Press, 1920.
Description: 202 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Great books in philosophy.
Responsibility: Alfred North Whitehead.

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"Originally published in 1920 and based on the Tarner Lectures in the philosophy of science, this early work by Alfred North Whitehead made an important contribution to the development of philosophic naturalism. It featured his assessment of the impact of Einstein's theories and the new findings of modern physics on nature." "Whitehead critiques generally accepted ideas about substance, space, and time, as inherited from ancient Greek philosophers and as modified in the Enlightenment. Although Whitehead accepted Einstein's theory of relativity, he took issue with Einstein's interpretation of it. Instead of positing matter as the substratum of the universe, Whitehead argued for the "event" and the "process of becoming" as the starting points for analyzing reality. He thought that this "organic" interpretation was closer to our direct, everyday experience of attributes and their relations than the abstract notion of matter assumed by philosophers and scientists for so many centuries."--Jacket.

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