Guns and Commerce in Dialectical Perspective

(1997) 11 Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law 183-207

Posted: 15 Oct 2020

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Thomas Lundmark

University of Hull - School of Law; University of Münster

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Lundmark, Thomas, Guns and Commerce in Dialectical Perspective (1997). (1997) 11 Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law 183-207, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3680521

Thomas Lundmark (Contact Author)

University of Hull - School of Law ( email )

University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

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