To the scientists and philosophers of our time, Hegel has been either a ne- glected or a provocative thinker, a source of irrelevant dark metaphysics or of complex but insightful analysis. His influence upon the work of natural scientists has seemed minimal, in the main; and his stimulus to the nascent sciences of society and to psychology has seemed to be as often an obstacle as an encouragement. Nevertheless his philosophical analysis of knowledge and the knowing process, of concepts and their evolutionary formation, of rationality in its forms and histories, of the stages of empirical awareness and human practice, all set within his endless inquiries into cultural formations from the entire sweep of human experience, must, we believe, be confronted by anyone who wants to understand the scientific consciousness.
Indeed, we may wish to situate the changing theories of nature, and of humankind in nature, within a philosophical account of men and women as social practi- tioners and as sensing, thinking, feeling centers of privacy; and then we will see the work of Hegel as a major effort to mediate between the purest of epistemological investigations and the most practical of the political and the religious. This book, long delayed to our deep regret, derives from a Symposium on Hegel and the Sciences which was sponsored jointly by the Hegel Society of America and the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science a decade ago.
Introductory Remarks to the Symposium on Hegel and the Sciences.- The Scholar, the Liberal Ideal, and the Philosophy of Science.- I. The Sciences.- Conceptual Analysis and Scientific Theory in Hegel's Philosophy of Nature (with Special Reference to Hegel's Optics).- A Comment on Buchdahl's Paper.- The Chemical System of Substances, Forces and Processes in Hegel's Philosophy of Nature and the Science of His Time.- Hegel and the Celestial Mechanics of Newton and Einstein.- The Hegelian Treatment of Biology and Life.- More Comments on the Place of the Organic in Hegel's Philosophy of Nature.- Hegel and the Organic View of Nature.- Hegel's Philosophical Understanding of Illness.- On Hegel's Significance for the Social Sciences.- Hegel's Conception of Psychology.- II. Philosophy and Methodology of Science.- The Dialectical Structure of Scientific Thinking.- Is the Progress of Science Dialectical?.- Some 'Moments' of Hegel's Relation to the Sciences.- Hegel's 'Deduction of the Concept of Science'.- Theory and Praxis and the Beginning of Science.- The First American Interpretation of Hegel in J. B. Stallo's Philosophy of Science.- III. Dialectics and Logic.- Hegel's Logic from a Logical Point of View.- The Dynamics of Hegelian Dialectics, and Non-Linearity in the Sciences.- Mathematical Dialectics, Scientific Logic and the Psychoanalysis of Thinking [Comment on Kosok and Gauthier].- Comments on Kosok's Interpretation of Hegel's Logic.- Bibliographical Note.- Index of Names.
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 31st January 1984
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 1.59