Alfred North Whitehead

I notice that my chum Andrew Irvine has given his ANW entry on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy a revamp. Though probably best known (at least to the man on the Clapham omnibus) for the quote that “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato” (Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology), one can see why ANW is not that interesting to prevailing philosophy. I’d be interested to read more on ANW’s philosophy of education which I know next to nothing about. Were I to list some of my favorite philosophical works, ANW’s Adventures of Ideas would be included. I was lucky to have been able to chat to a student of ANW — a dear, dear lady and very strong philosopher Dorothy Emmet. Speaking of ANW and DE here’s a book that’s been around for a while but there now seems to be a reissue immenent: Philosophers and Friends: Reminiscences of Seventy Years in Philosophy.