The Superiority of 'Chemical Thinking' for Understanding Free Human Society According to Hegel
This paper examines the claim of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) that chemical thinking-the method of thinking employed in chemistry-marks a significant advance upon (and hence is superior to) meCHANistic thinking-the method of thinking characteristic of physics. This is done in the context of Mancur Olson's theory of collective action and public goods. The analogy between the efficiency of a catalyst in bringing about chemical transformation and the function of leaders in free human society in developing latent groups to provide public goods is explored.
Hegel, chemical thinking, mechanism, public goods, Mancur Olson, latent group, leadership, free human society, mechanistic thinking
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
NOWACKI, Mark, & EECKE, Wilfried Ver.(2006). The Superiority of 'Chemical Thinking' for Understanding Free Human Society According to Hegel. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 988, 313-321.
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