Whitehead, Alfred North. Process and Reality – An Essay in Cosmology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1929. First Edition. 8vo. Hardback. Good / No Jacket. xxiii, , 509pp, , original cloth.
Rubbed to extremities, especially head of spine and corners, pages lightly browned but clean.
Whitehead returned to Britain from the US and gave the 1928-29 Gifford Lectures, ” which were published in 1929 under the title Process and Reality, an Essay in Cosmology, may be regarded as the definitive exposition of his mature philosophy, to which he gave the name ‘philosophy of organism’ but which is commonly referred to as ‘process philosophy’. Process philosophy contrasts with the tradition of substance philosophy which began with Descartes and which, characterized by the dualism of mind and matter, made knowledge problematic and thus brought epistemology to the centre of philosophical discussion. Whitehead challenges this centrality when he says that problems which are apparently epistemological have their origin in the Cartesian metaphysics of substance which, influenced as it was by the physics of its day, needs to be reassessed in the light of twentieth-century scientific thought” (ODNB).