Process and Reality

Philosophy is the self-correction by consciousness of its own initial excess of subjectivity. Each actual occasion contributes to the circumstances of its origin additional formative elements deepening its own peculiar individuality. Consciousness is only the last and greatest of such elements by which the selective character of the individual obscures the external totality from which it originates and which it embodies. An actual individual, of such higher grade, has truck with the totality of things by reason of its sheer actuality; but it has attained its individual depth of being by a selective emphasis limited to its own purposes. The task of philosophy is to recover the totality obscured by the selection.

– Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Pt. I, Ch. 1, sec. 6.

Alfred North Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy is one I find particularly intriguing, emphasizing organism and the emerging properties of complex organization over simple matter and location. It gives us a framework that allows for a qualitative understanding of the universe and a means by which we can interpret the interaction of what we perceivably experience.