Review of Metaphysics 12 (1):145-146 (1958)

Whitehead's remarks on man, social problems, education, religion, and history have been extracted from his technical works and placed side by side to form an account in familiar terminology of Whitehead's theory of civilization. In context, occurring almost as afterthoughts illustrating abstract metaphysical principles, these remarks constitute brilliant flashes of humanistic insight; abstracted from context, they become platitudinous. Only when, in the final chapter, Johnson adumbrates their metaphysical setting, does one feel any of the excitement of seeing the values of Western democracy emerge from a speculative account of the nature of things. --D. W. S.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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