Hegel on Galilei’s Law of Fall

  • Stefan Büttner
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 136)


In the past, Hegel’s philosophy of nature has often been propounded as a predominantly speculative undertaking, the main point of which was to encapsulate reality in a purely notional framework and deduce phenomena a priori, regardless of any violations of the findings of empiricism that this might entail. Newton, on the other hand, has just as frequently been presented as predominantly a natural scientist, working purely empirically and inductively, assiduously avoiding speculative hypotheses, and successfully eliciting from the natural world the laws by which it is governed. The contrast is, of course, little more than a caricature, but it is still not entirely a thing of past, and in certain circles it still plays a considerable part in determining the way in which Hegel’s treatment of the natural sciences is evaluated. Although I am not primarily concerned here with Newton’s natural philosophy, I am concerned with the removal of some of the prejudices which have stood in the way of a proper appreciation of Hegel’s.


Natural Science Natural Form Empirical Phenomenon Logical Category Notional Framework 
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