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The Natural Philosophy of 1805/6

H. S. Harris

in Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)

Published in print November 1983 | ISBN: 9780198246541
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680991 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246541.003.0011
The Natural Philosophy of 1805/6

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The first section of this chapter describes mechanics, or the theory of matter. The physical model of the logic of Understanding was the Newtonian theory of the Solar System. Hegel identified his logic of ‘simple connection’ as the ‘logic of understanding’. But the direct transformation of the aether into space at the beginning of the Philosophy of Nature reflects the simplicity of the connection between understanding and its object. The second section deals with shape and chemism. The third section deals with physics. Much of Hegel's discussion was required for the understanding of the Earth's shaping and chemism. In ‘physics’, he advanced to a higher level of conceptual complexity, and descended to a more immediate level of phenomenal observation. The fourth section deals with the organism. The last section deals with plants and animals.

Keywords: matter theory; shape; chemism; physics; organism; plants; aether

Chapter.  22059 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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