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Which materialism? Against which idealism? Dialectical thinking of nature according to Hegel, Engels and Schelling (2014)


In my paper I would like to show that Friedrich Engels’ way of thinking in Dialectics of Nature was heavily influenced by Hegel. Indeed, Engels was not only very knowlegdable with regard to sciences and techniques of his time; he was also akeen to a theoretical framework in which to think about them: Hegel’s own dialectic of nature. Engels was constantly addressing Hegel (either commenting for or against him) and in this manner he wrote a new dialectic of nature (although not completed), as is evident from his letters. In addition, it can also be said that history of science is the real dynamic behind Engels’ refusal or acceptance of Hegel’s theories (the most controversial issue being of course Darwinism; for Hegel, nature clearly has no history). Therefore, those who would like to comprehend in depth today’s sciences should refer to the origins of Engels’ thought and put it into perspective.

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Authors & Contributors
Schmied-Kowarzik, Wolfdietrich
Vieweg, Klaus
Gloy, Karen
Wandschneider, Dieter
Wahsner, Renate
Neuser, Wolfgang
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Pensée: Recherches Marxistes, Sciences, Société, Philosophie
Hegel Jahrbuch
Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
Neusis: The Greek Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Idealism (philosophy)
Philosophy of science
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von
Kant, Immanuel
Engels, Friedrich
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
Ritter, Johann Wilhelm
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
Early modern
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

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