Quotations from W.H. Leue's Metaphysical Foundations for a Theory of Value in the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead


... The "philosophy of organism" [i.e., Whitehead's] is a philosophy of universal life - life permeating all existence the most remote, the most trivial, the most apparently inert and lifeless, as well as that highly organized fraction of existence which is the experience of man, and that other existent entity which is God. Values are essential to this notion of existence, and to the understanding of it. "... a dead nature can give no reasons. All ultimate reasons are in terms of aim at value. A dead nature aims at nothing. It is the essence of life that it exists for its own sake, as the intrinsic reaping of value (Modes of Thought, p. 184)."

... Things are so turbulent and wild - since actuality is nothing but an avalanche of fleeting moments of process - that the universe would fly apart in a millisecond if it were not for the unobtrusive, cohesive function of eternal objects.

... "If experience be not based on an objective content, there can be no escape from a solipsist subjectivism. The ultimate objective content of experience is eternal objects."

... Whitehead conceives them [eternal objects] to be the one true identity amid all diversity. They bridge the gap between any two moments in the rushing torrent of actuality, and, metaphysically speaking, this chasm is as great between two adjacent actualities - say the present moment of my own existence and my existence a split second ago - as it is between actualities far removed from each other in space and time.