On the Nature of Value: The Philosophy of Samuel Alexander, by Milton R. Konvitz
It is good to see that the ideas of Samuel Alexander are again being studied and discussed. Alexander taught at Manchester for many years and died in 1938. On its appearance in 1920 his Space, Time and Deity was acclaimed, as it deserved to be, as one of the major achievements of a great period in British philosophy, and its author was ranked with Bradley and, a little later, with Whitehead, as a speculative genius of the first order. Today, however, there are few, even among graduate students of philosophy, who have read extensively in Space, Time and Deity or could say much more of its doctrine than that it is a kind of monistic realism, a variant of the theory of emergent evolution and, perhaps, that it proposes a queer idea of “deity” as a not yet actualized emergent quality, higher than life or mind, which the Universe in its temporal progress is in process of attaining.
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