The notion of 'aether': Hegel versus contemporary physics

Show simple item record Gruner, Stefan Bartelmann, Matthias 2016-03-14T12:22:47Z 2016-03-14T12:22:47Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Hegel's historically transient notion of 'aether', developed and finally abandoned again during his short period of time at the University of Jena in the early years of the 19th century, has received comparatively little attention so far – much less than, for example, his Phenomenology of Spirit, or his later systematic works which he published after his departure from Jena. In modern and contemporary physics, however, notions comparable to Hegel's 'aether' have become interesting again in the context of quantum theory. In the main part of this essay we recapitulate and explicate the notion of 'aether' in Hegel's early works. Finally we briefly compare the Hegelian notion to novel concepts of 'aether' which might possibly be appropriate in the context of contemporary quantum physics. Such a juxtaposition would well have matched Hegel's own intentions, as he had always been acutely aware of the latest developments in the natural sciences during his own lifetime. In conclusion we can state that, in spite of a number of differences, both notions of 'aether' can be metaphysically characterised as a fundamental 'reality of possibility'. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Gruner, S & Bartelmann, M 2015, 'The notion of 'aether': Hegel versus contemporary physics', Cosmos and History, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 41-68. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1832-9101
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Cosmos and History Publishing Co-op en_ZA
dc.rights Cosmos and History Publishing Co-op. en_ZA
dc.subject Hegel en_ZA
dc.subject Philosophy of nature en_ZA
dc.subject Metaphysics en_ZA
dc.subject Ontology en_ZA
dc.subject Aether en_ZA
dc.subject 19th Century en_ZA
dc.subject 20th Century en_ZA
dc.subject Philosophy of science en_ZA
dc.subject School of Copenhagen en_ZA
dc.subject Quantum physics en_ZA
dc.subject Cosmology en_ZA
dc.title The notion of 'aether': Hegel versus contemporary physics en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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