Alfred Whitehead

1861 - 1947

A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on one

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The many become one, and are increased by one.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on civilization

It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization.  But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ages.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress towards a victory.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

The ultimate metaphysical ground is the creative advance into novelty.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on reality and value

Value is coextensive with reality.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on courage, force, reason, virtue, and vulgarity

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on civilization and society

The major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on education and ideas

Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on certainty, knowledge, and mathematics

On the ostensible exactitude of certain branches of human knowledge, including mathematics. The exactness is a fake.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on mathematics, purity, and thought

The point of mathematics is that in it we have always got rid of the particular instance, and even of any particular sorts of entities. So that for example, no mathematical truths apply merely to fish, or merely to stones, or merely to colours. So long as you are dealing with pure mathematics, you are in the realm of complete and absolute abstraction. . . . Mathematics is thought moving in the sphere of complete abstraction from any particular instance of what it is talking about.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: Science and the Modern World

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