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Whitehead’s Metaphysics


Benjamin Andrae


Pages 598 - 602



The work of Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) can be divided into an early period, characterised by writings focused on logic and mathematics, and a late period, where philosophy and in particular metaphysics take centerstage. The pinnacle achievement in the early period are the three volumes of the Principia Mathematica which he coauthored with Bertrand Russell (Whitehead and Russell, 1910-1913), whereas the late period culminates in Process and Reality (Whitehead 1929), a book which has been hailed as “arguably the most impressive single metaphysical text of the twentieth century” (Simons 1998: 378).




1Munich School of Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians University



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12 Whitehead, A. N.; Russell, B., (1910-1913), Principia Mathematica, 3 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

13 Whitehead, A. N., (1929), Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology, abbreviated as “PR”, cited from the Corrected Edition, edited by Griffin, D. R.; Sherburn, D. W., New York: The Free Press, 1979.

14 Whitehead, A. N., (1933), Adventure of Ideas, available as ‘New York: The Free Press, 1967’.

15 Whitehead, A. N., (1938), Modes of Thought, abbreviated as “MT”, available as ‘New York: The Free Press, 1968’.

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