The Philosophical Background to Hegel’s Criticism of Newton

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


If one is intent on developing a natural philosophy which is fully adequate to present-day requirements, one cannot disregard either Newton or Hegel or the relationship between them. It is evident enough, moreover, that such a natural philosophy can only be developed by determining the significance of Newtonian physics for modern science, and the manner in which the system of Hegelian dialectics might now be constructively superseded. This latter task will involve our analyzing Hegel’s natural philosophy in the light of the scientific and epistemological issues it raises. This, in its turn, brings us face to face with the problem of the relationship between Newton and Hegel, the philosophical background to Hegel’s criticism of Newton, the question of the precise significance of his analysis of Newtonian mechanics.


Natural Science Newtonian Mechanic Empirical Science Newtonian Physic Epistemological Status 
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