Are the Eternal Objects Platonic Ideas?

  • Dorothy Emmet


The appearance of Process and Reality both provides us at last with the detailed formulation of the metaphysical scheme underlying Whitehead’S earlier work and confirms a strong suspicion that the best general description that may be given of his philosophy is to say that it is a modern form of Platonism. Whitehead himself owns and welcomes this analogy,1 but this suggestion of a possible way of interpreting him has not, so far as I am aware, been very much taken up. The aim of this chapter is therefore to trace some of what may be called “Platonic elements” in Whitehead’S philosophy, considering it as a general metaphysical position, and in particular to ask whether his eternal objects can be looked on as in any way analogous to the Platonic Ideas.


Perceptual Object Actual Entity Actual Occasion Pure Possibility Transcendent Reality 
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© Dorothy Emmet 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Emmet
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Lady Margaret HallOxfordUK

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