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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

To answer this, its helpful to have some background on Whitehead's understanding of rationalism. In Process and Reality (42) Whitehead defines rationalism as the hope that we can create a general ...
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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

Science and the Modern World was first published in 1925. This is 12 years after Whitehead and Russel published Principia Mathematica but 6 years before Gödel poked holes in it with his ...
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Did Whitehead express his motivation for writing with Russell the Principia Mathematica?

Alfred North Whitehead started his academic career in 1884 as a mathematician. Only towards the '20s Whitehead turned his attention to philosophy. See Alfred North Whitehead : Whitehead’s ...
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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

I think this means that he considers that science lacks metaphysical basis. Scientific pretends that metaphysic is irrelevant to their work, but by ignoring this subject, they risk to use naive ...
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Is there more to Whitehead’s “Age-Spirit” than metaphor?

This looks like a translation of the term zeitgeist the spirit of the age) which is usually understood to be taken from Hegel, except that Hegel never used such a term. He did however use the term der ...
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Is there more to Whitehead’s “Age-Spirit” than metaphor?

While the Zeitgeist may have been taken to be an objective entity by certain 19th-century and later philosophers, I doubt if Whitehead regarded it as such. In the quote it functions as a metaphor to ...
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Is there more to Whitehead’s “Age-Spirit” than metaphor?

We shouldn't over-stress the term "Age-Spirit." Whitehead uses the phrase only once in the book. I agree with Geoffrey Thomas, I doubt Whitehead meant this as a reference to Hegel; It seems more ...
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Aristotle and the Platonic Footnotes Alluded to by Whitehead

Plato’s contributions to philosophy also deal with his political philosophy (The Republic), and contain some speculations about the soul and its existence separated from the body, see Plato. IMO ...
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How does Whitehead explain repeated attempts of remembrance/recollection?

You are correct that this is a problem. An example of an associative memory that can "try" to remember something, improving its recollection over multiple attempts, is a Boltzmann machine. ...
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Informative diagram of Whitehead's philosophy?

I found a reference here which has some diagrams or concept maps about the extremely difficult Whitehead's process philosophy and its relation with other philosophers and schools of thought. The ...
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What are the characteristics of an event according to Whitehead?

Maybe it is useful to refer to Whitehead's scientific background. See Alfred North Whitehead The Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science (1922), page 21: "Nature usually ...
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For Whitehead, is an event theoretical or ontological?

It is important to remember that Whitehead adjusted his understanding of event ontology into a process philosophy of actual "occasions." I disagree with Lewis Ford and others who subscribe ...
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Is there more to Whitehead’s “Age-Spirit” than metaphor?

This looks like a translation of the term zeitgeist (the spirit of the age) which is usually understood to be taken from Hegel, except that Hegel never used such a term. He did however use the term ...
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What is the relationship between Al-Ghazali's Occasionalism, Whitehead's occasions and QM?

The hypothesis of the soul as the form of the body was postulated almost two and a half millennia ago by Aristotle, and reaffirmed eight centuries ago by Thomas Aquinas. We had to wait a very long ...
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Wordsworth & thaumazein

Does Aristotle mean that wonder is the beginning of philosophy in the history of philosophy and hence not repeatable; or does he mean that it is the beginning of philosophy in every man or woman who ...
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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

The end of the quote you gave says the following: Science repudiates philosophy. In other words, it has never cared to justify its faith or to explain its meanings; and has remained blandly ...
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Self determination in non atomistic time?

the physics of the universe are infinitely and densely divisible In physics at least, that question is still a matter of some debate. In fact, it is at the heart of the conflict between general ...
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Cosmological truth and the theory of cosmic epochs

The ideas you are entertaining are as current today as they were when written. Whitehead's essential concept of Epochs of history, where basic physics and math principles change epoch to epoch, is ...
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