Hegel’s Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

  • Horst-Heino von Borzeszkowski
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 136)


Although Hegel praised Newton’s grounding of the infinitesimal calculus, he was extremely critical of his work as a physicist and denied that his mechanics constituted an advance on Keplerian astronomy. He regarded his mechanics as nothing more than a naive application of the infinitesimal calculus, an unwarranted contamination of it. What is more, one can find in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy 1 remarks on this aspect of Newton’s work which in the second half of the nineteenth century gave rise to the opinion that Newton was “an absolutist and a foolish inductivist”.


Physical Theory Classical Mechanics Differential Calculus Physical Discipline Philosophical Notion 
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