Charles Hartshorne

What Was Whitehead Wrong About?

Question: 
What Was Whitehead Wrong About?
Publication Month: 
July 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

I identify myself strongly as a disciple of Whitehead. I think he was often right on points where even many of his followers reject him. On some points where I earlier rejected his views, I have come to realize that he was wiser than I. I work to understand and justify his ideas even when his fellow scientists declare that he was wrong. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Whitehead made mistakes. A friend of mine found a strictly mathematical mistake -- I think it was in his Universal Algebra.

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