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Hegel’s Treatment of Universal Gravitation

  • Karl-Norbert Ihmig
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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

In the opening passages of his introduction to the critical edition of Newton’s Principia, Cohen praises the work as, “one of the glories of the human intellect, a founding document of our modern exact science”. If for no other reason, the assessment would appear to be justified on account of the work’s having introduced into natural philosophy a wholly fundamental concept — that of the universal gravitation of all material bodies. The concept is formulated in its most concise form in proposition seven of book three: “there is a power of gravity pertaining to all bodies, proportional to the several quantities of matter which they contain”.1

Keywords

Common Centre Centripetal Force Universal Gravitation Metaphysical Presupposition Objective Notion 
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