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July 1963

Whitehead's Philosophy of Science.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):138-139. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010164020

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Two of the most profound thinkers of our time, Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, had long personal experience with the rigorous demands of logic required in advancing up the highlands of higher mathematics. Both turned, in quite different ways, to a contemplation of broad aspects of philosophy; but here the similarity breaks up. Whitehead's views on education, his speculative excursions into metaphysics and other aspects of his searching philosophic quests are recognized as being extremely difficult, perhaps because they are profound. Russell veered off hopefully to save the world from its own stupidity. Robert M. Palter, strongly convinced that some of the difficulties and obscurities in Whitehead were more apparent than real, though by no means minimizing the difficulties, undertook to clarify some of the issues, particularly those with a bearing on Whitehead's development of the philosophy of science. This is no Cook's tour to take one along beaten

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