Process Thought's Challenge for Education and Life

Change, progress, and stability, who does not support this unlikely triumvirate? The founder of process philosophy Alfred North Whitehead believes in all three. For him, the art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

Whitehead's work, The Aims of Education, starts with its recipients. The students are alive, and the purpose of education is to stimulate and guide their self-development. It follows as a corollary from this premise that the teachers also should be alive with living thoughts. (v) His whole book is a protest against dead knowledge, that is to say, against inert ideas. (more)