Hegel and the Sciences

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Marx W. Wartofsky

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introductory Remarks to the Symposium on Hegel and the Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Sciences

  4. Philosophy and Methodology of Science

  5. Dialectics and Logic

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 365-374

About this book


To the scientists and philosophers of our time, Hegel has been either a ne­ glected or a provocative thinker, a source of irrelevant dark metaphysics or of complex but insightful analysis. His influence upon the work of natural scientists has seemed minimal, in the main; and his stimulus to the nascent sciences of society and to psychology has seemed to be as often an obstacle as an encouragement. Nevertheless his philosophical analysis of knowledge and the knowing process, of concepts and their evolutionary formation, of rationality in its forms and histories, of the stages of empirical awareness and human practice, all set within his endless inquiries into cultural formations from the entire sweep of human experience, must, we believe, be confronted by anyone who wants to understand the scientific consciousness. Indeed, we may wish to situate the changing theories of nature, and of humankind in nature, within a philosophical account of men and women as social practi­ tioners and as sensing, thinking, feeling centers of privacy; and then we will see the work of Hegel as a major effort to mediate between the purest of epistemological investigations and the most practical of the political and the religious. This book, long delayed to our deep regret, derives from a Symposium on Hegel and the Sciences which was sponsored jointly by the Hegel Society of America and the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science a decade ago.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel experience history of science knowledge philosophy of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  • Marx W. Wartofsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy & History of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy Baruch CollegeThe City University of New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6235-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6233-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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