The Role of Symbolism in the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead
Wingard, Marcia Jean
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In order to explicate the nature and function of symbolism so as to make possible more effective and intelligent use of it, I have undertaken a systematic presentation of the doctrine of symbolism of Alfred North Whitehead. As his treatment of symbolism is an integral part of his system of thought, I have found it necessary to first present a general description of that system, providing an orientation for the important role of symbolism in human existence. Whitehead's 'process philosophy' is so called because he rejects the ultimacy of substance in favor of a concept of the universe as essentially a process of becoming, of the world as a place of activity and change. It will be shown also that his appreciation for the fundamental emotional quality of existence and his presentation of mental act1vity as pr1mar1ly synthetic and abstract give invaluable insight into the workings of symbolism.With honors.