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Alfred North Whitehead on Thinking - Dictionary of Arguments

Weizenbaum I 294
Thinking/A. N.: Whitehead/Weizenbaum: Gradually our thinking is infected by what Whitehead called the error of pseudo-concreteness (A. N. Whitehead, Science and the Modern World, Cambridge, 1925,64,72 "The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness"): we finally arrive at the belief that the theoretical concepts can ultimately be interpreted as observations, that in the "foreseeable" future we have meaningful instruments with which to measure the "objects" to which these concepts refer.
Vs: But there is no such thing as "the thinking". There is only individual thinking that does not take place in "the human being" but in individual human beings. ((s) VsVs: see private language argument).


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Whitehead I
A. N. Whitehad
Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28) 1979

Weizenbaum I
Joseph Weizenbaum
Computer Power and Human Reason. From Judgment to Calculation, W. H. Freeman & Comp. 1976
German Edition:
Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft Frankfurt/M. 1978


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