Critical Edition of Whitehead


Work on the Critical Edition of Whitehead has officially begun. For the first time the complete published and unpublished writings of Alfred North Whitehead will available in both print and digital format.

Whitehead’s historic stature as a pivotal figure in American philosophy, his significant contributions to the rise of analytic philosophy, and the recent and world-wide renewal of interest in the constructive contribution of his seminal ideas to a number of important contemporary metaphysical and cosmological problems in philosophy, physics, and religious studies, argue for the appropriateness and timeliness of a critical edition of his works.

Initial work will focus on publishing volumes of previously-unpublished correspondence and largely unexamined student lecture notes. Collectively, production of these volumes of correspondence and notes will shed considerable light on the proper composition, necessary textual corrections, and overall interpretations of Whitehead’s major published works on science, metaphysics, epistemology, religion, culture, and ethics. During the ensuing years in subsequent phases of producing the Critical Edition of Whitehead, we plan to produce authoritative editions of each of these published works.

The General Editor of the Critical Edition is George R. Lucas, Jr. of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Executive Editor is Brian G. Henning of Gonzaga University. Editing will take place at diverse locations by an international team of scholars. The Whitehead Research Project is the repository for the paper copies of texts and manuscripts and is the computer center for receiving and hosting all the materials of the edition. The digital volumes that result will be online.

Private donors to the Whitehead Research Project generously provided some initial funding to launch the edition. National Endowment for the Humanities funding and other grant opportunities will be sought for the continued support of the Critical Edition. Please consider donating today to support this important work.

Editorial Board

General Editor: George R. Lucas, Jr.
Executive Editor: Brian G. Henning
Editorial Advisory Board: George Allan
Roland Faber
Nancy Frankenberry
Michael Halewood
Jude Jones
Helmut Maassen
Leemon McHenry
Editorial Assistants: John Becker
Richard Livingston
Joseph Petek

Find out more about the members of the board here.

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