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Alfred North Whitehead

Data de nascimento: 15. Fevereiro 1861
Data de falecimento: 30. Dezembro 1947

Alfred North Whitehead foi um filósofo e matemático britânico .

Renomado pesquisador na área da filosofia da ciência, principalmente no que diz respeito aos fundamentos da matemática. Juntamente com Bertrand Russell, escreveu Principia Mathematica, livro que foi classificado pela Modern Library como o vigésimo terceiro de uma lista dos cem mais importantes livros em inglês de não ficção do século XX . É também o desenvolvedor da chamada teologia do processo.

Em 1880 Whitehead matriculou-se no Trinity College , onde foi o quarto wrangler, obtendo o grau de BA em 1884.


„A insistência na clareza a qualquer preço baseia-se em pura superstição sobre o modo como funciona a inteligência humana“

„É preciso ter uma mente muito fora do comum para analisar o óbvio.“


„O primeiro homem que percebeu a analogia entre um grupo de sete peixes e um grupo de sete dias trouxe um notável avanço à história de pensamento.“

„Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.“

„Religion carries two sorts of people in two entirely opposite directions: the mild and gentle people it carries towards mercy and justice; the persecuting people it carries into fiendish sadistic cruelty. Mind you, though this may seem to justify the eighteenth-century Age of Reason in its contention that religion is nothing but an organized, gigantic fraud and a curse to the human race, nothing could be farther from the truth. It possesses these two aspects, the evil one of the two appealing to people capable of naïve hatred; but what is actually happening is that when you get natures stirred to their depths over questions which they feel to be overwhelmingly vital, you get the bad stirred up in them as well as the good; the mud as well as the water. It doesn't seem to matter much which sect you have, for both types occur in all sects....“ Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead

„It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.“

„Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.“

„The misconception which has haunted philosophic literature throughout the centuries is the notion of 'independent existence.' There is no such mode of existence; every entity is to be understood in terms of the way it is interwoven with the rest of the universe.“


„Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.“

„We think in generalities, but we live in details.“

„... the only simplicity to be trusted is the simplicity to be found on the far side of complexity.“

„From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.“


„Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains.“

„The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, 'Seek simplicity and distrust it.“ The Concept of Nature: The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, 11/1919

„The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.“ An Introduction to Mathematics

„Great dreamers' dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended.“

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