By Peter Bertocci (auth.), Robert S. Cohen, Marx W. Wartofsky (eds.)

To the scientists and philosophers of our time, Hegel has been both a ne­ glected or a provocative philosopher, a resource of inappropriate darkish metaphysics or of advanced yet insightful research. His effect upon the paintings of traditional scientists has appeared minimum, frequently; and his stimulus to the nascent sciences of society and to psychology has as usually a disadvantage as an encouragement. however his philosophical research of data and the understanding procedure, of recommendations and their evolutionary formation, of rationality in its types and histories, of the levels of empirical knowledge and human perform, ready inside of his unending inquiries into cultural formations from the whole sweep of human adventure, needs to, we think, be faced by means of a person who desires to comprehend the medical recognition. certainly, we may need to situate the altering theories of nature, and of humankind in nature, inside a philosophical account of guys and ladies as social practi­ tioners and as sensing, considering, feeling facilities of privateness; after which we'll see the paintings of Hegel as a tremendous attempt to mediate among the purest of epistemological investigations and the main sensible of the political and the spiritual. This e-book, lengthy not on time to our deep remorse, derives from a Symposium on Hegel and the Sciences which was once subsidized together by way of the Hegel Society of the USA and the Boston collage heart for Philosophy and background of technology a decade ago.

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287. CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS AND HEGEL'S OPTICS 35 9 Cf. Gerd Buchdahl, 'History of Science and Criteria of Choice', in Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Science. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 5 (ed. R. Stuewer, Minneapolis, Minnesota University Press, 1970), pp. 204-30. I have used a similar criterial scheme for a more general characterisation of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature in 'Hegel's Philosophy of Nature and the Structure of Science', Ratio 15 (1973), 1-27. 10 Logik, § 136, pp.

Is propagated instantaneously). Yet he admits that astronomical observation of the solar system shows that it has a finite velocity. To meet the contradiction, he falls back on an auxiliary explanation, which connects the finiteness of velocity with the existence of a medium. On the other hand, he contends, we are not automatically entitled to extrapolate to empty space; and he fmds "something eerie" in Herschel's reckoning that some of the light from the stars must have left them "about 500 years ago".

Johannes Kepler. Gesammelte Werke, vol. 2 (ed. W. v. 2, pp. 85-86. See my 'Methodological Aspects of Kepler's 36 GERD BUCHDAHL Theory of Refraction', Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci. 3 (1972), 265-298, especially pp. 283-86. 31 PN, § 318, Remark, Z, p. 190; cf. 127. 32 Logik, § 107, p. 215; L [W, 1892], p. 201. 33 Logik, § 111, Z, p. 221;L [W, 1892], pp. 205-206. JOHN J. COMPTON A COMMENT ON BUCHDAHL'S 'CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS AND SCIENTIFIC THEORY IN HEGEL'S PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE (WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO HEGEL'S OPTICS), In his 'Foreword' to the English translation of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature, J.

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