Hegel and Newtonianism

  • Editors
  • Michael John Petry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Metaphysics

  3. Mathematics

  4. Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Dieter Wandschneider
      Pages 249-265
    3. Andries Sarlemijn
      Pages 267-289
    4. Michael John Petry
      Pages 291-315
    5. Stefan Büttner
      Pages 331-339
  5. Celestial Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Frans van Lunteren
      Pages 343-366
    3. Karl-Norbert Ihmig
      Pages 367-381
    4. Karl-Norbert Ihmig
      Pages 399-414
    5. J. Bruce Brackenridge
      Pages 415-427
    6. Robert Weinstock
      Pages 429-438
    7. Micheal John Petry
      Pages 439-513
  6. Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. August Ziggelaar
      Pages 517-529
    3. Brigitte Falkenburg
      Pages 531-546
    4. Friedrich Steinle
      Pages 569-577
    5. Claudia Melica
      Pages 579-591
  7. Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 593-593
    2. John W. Burbidge
      Pages 609-617
    3. Derek Gjertsen
      Pages 645-655
    4. Dietrich von Engelhardt
      Pages 657-665
  8. Bibliographical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 667-667

About this book


It could certainly be argued that the way in which Hegel criticizes Newton in the Dissertation, the Philosophy of Nature and the lectures on the History of Philosophy, has done more than anything else to prejudice his own reputation. At first sight, what we seem to have here is little more than the contrast between the tested accomplishments of the founding father of modern science, and the random remarks of a confused and somewhat disgruntled philosopher; and if we are persuaded to concede that it may perhaps be something more than this - between the work of a clearsighted mathematician and experimentalist, and the blind assertions of some sort of Kantian logician, blundering about among the facts of the real world. By and large, it was this clear-cut simplistic view of the matter which prevailed among Hegel's contemporaries, and which persisted until fairly recently. The modification and eventual transformation of it have come about gradually, over the past twenty or twenty-five years. The first full-scale commentary on the Philosophy of Nature was published in 1970, and gave rise to the realization that to some extent at least, the Hegelian criticism was directed against Newtonianism rather than the work of Newton himself, and that it tended to draw its inspiration from developments within the natural sciences, rather than from the exigencies imposed upon Hegel's thinking by a priori categorial relationships.


Aristotle Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Hegel Immanuel Kant Issac Newton Kant bibliography eighteenth century foundation interpret logic metaphysics optics philosophy physics

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4726-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1662-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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