Guns and Commerce in Dialectical Perspective
(1997) 11 Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law 183-207
Posted: 15 Oct 2020
Date Written: 1997
The philosophy of Hegel envisions a world-soul that can be known through the dialectical method of logic. The dialectical method of logic is founded upon the negation of contradictions or, said another way, the reconciliation of opposites. According to this method, one concept or event (thesis) inevitably produces its opposite (antithesis). The tension between these opposites generates a new category (synthesis). This new category can be said to unify the opposites in a way that, in a sense, preserves them while at the same time abolishes them, thereby avoiding their self-contradictoriness.
The world-soul animates world and national history, including the legal history reflected in constitutions, laws, and the acts of public institutions such as courts. The sequence of dialectical logic is the same as the sequence of history.
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