Observations placeholder

North Whitehead, Alfred – 17 Which comes first the thought or the thinker?

Identifier

025953

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

PART II   DISCUSSIONS AND APPLICATIONS

Chapter VI - From Descartes To Kant

Section III

Descartes in his own philosophy conceives the thinker as creating the occasional thought. The philosophy of organism inverts the order, and conceives the thought as a constituent operation in the creation of the occasional thinker. The thinker is the final end whereby there is the thought. In this inversion we have the final contrast between a philosophy of substance and a philosophy of organism.

Section V

The philosophies of substance presuppose a subject which then encounters a datum, and then reacts to the datum. The philosophy of organism presupposes a datum which is met with feelings [emotions], and progressively attains the unity of a subject.

The source of the experience

North Whitehead, Alfred

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References