Life and Works of A. N. Whitehead

Michal Andrle


The present paper is essentially a case study in the history of philosophy. Its main task is to describe the life and work of theorist whose lifetime work was rather largely omitted in Czech-Slovakian learned community: Anglo-American mathematician, physicist and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. His life-story is sometimes abbreviated as a „story of three cities“: Cambridge (England), London and Cambridge (Massachusetts). The paper is focusing on some important moments in philosopher’s life (his education and maturation, his religious development) and tries to emphasize them as a key issues to understand his lifetime project. At the very end some remarks concerning the reception of Whiteheads thoughts in Czech-Slovakian milieu are added.


Whitehead; process philosophy; history of philosophy; Czech philosophy

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TEORIE VĚDY / THEORY OF SCIENCE – journal for interdisciplinary studies of science is published twice a year by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies). ISSN 1210-0250 (Print) ISSN 1804-6347 (Online) MK ČR E 18677 web: /// email: