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Newton’s Pantokrator and Hegel’s Absolute Mind

  • Ernest Wolf-Gazo
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Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 136)

Abstract

The present essay is an attempt to come to terms with Newton’s and Hegel’s central theological and philosophical conceptions. It will concentrate upon the role and function of Newton’s Pantokrator, or God as lord and ruler, and of Hegel’s Absolute Mind, that is to say, upon the ways in which these two thinkers attempt to understand the relationship between God, nature and man.1

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Notes

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