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Whitehead, Alfred North

(1861–1947). Philos., mathematician; b. Ramsgate, on the Isle of Thanet, NE Kent, SE Eng.; educ. Cambridge. Taught at Cambridge 1885–1911; U. of London 1911–24; Harvard U., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1924–ca. 1938. tats view, which he called philos. of organism, is based on the patterned process of events; only what appears, what is given in perception, is real; relations bet. things or events consist in a kind of feeling; every actual entity is a “prehensive occasion”; the actual world is a certain selection of eternal objects; God is the source of unactualized possibilities (his “primordial nature”) and conserver of actualized values (his “consequent nature”). See also Process Philosophy; Process Theology; Time.


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