DOI: 10.30443/POI2019-0006

«One’s own positing» (WL 205, 2-5). Infinite Causality as a Logical Determination and the Objective Spirit

Stefano Papa


While from Hegel’s point of view Galilean Relativity represents a mode of empirical consciousness — that is, presupposes the considerations of the Phenomenology and cannot be substantially accounted for in the self-explication of the Absolute of the Science of Logic — the same does not hold for Newton. As a consequence, a rational reconstruction of Newtonian Mechanics is possible within the frame of dialectics. Causality is explicated as background-selection mechanism: does the Hegelian dialectical logic of “force” provide an account of causality in classical mechanics, as well? Since the point of view of classical physics (in a sense, including Special Relativity), is the one presupposed in naive ontological interpretations of contemporary categories in physics, how does causality defined in the Logic of Essence (“The cause is extinguished in its effect and the effect too is thereby extinguished, for it only is the determinateness of the cause”, WL, 205, 2 – 5) relate to the concept of causality presupposed in the evaluation of technological applications, when public issues are at stake?

Key-words: Logic of Essence, causation, background-selection, applied science, policy evaluation

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S. Papa, «Das eigene Setzen» (WL 205, 2-5). Unendliche Kausalität als wesenslogische Bestimmung und der objektive Geist