Alfred North Whitehead


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Alfred North Whitehead, (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician and philosopher. He wrote on algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of science, physics, metaphysics, and education. Whitehead supervised the doctoral dissertations of Bertrand Russell and Willard Van Orman Quine, thus influencing logic and virtually all of analytic philosophy. He co-authored... more »

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  • ''Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Adventures of Ideas, pt. 1, ch. 5.
  • ''Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Aims of Education and Other Essays, ch. 1, Macmillan (1929).
  • ''Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues, June 10, 1943 (1954).
  • ''There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead, prologue, ed. Lucien Price (1954).
  • ''If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead As Recorded by Lucien Price, entry for December 10, 1941,...
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