The Cunning of Geist

046 - One Love: Freedom, Randomness, Peirce, and Hegel

January 30, 2022 Gregory Novak
The Cunning of Geist
046 - One Love: Freedom, Randomness, Peirce, and Hegel
Show Notes

This episode explores three elements of Charles Peirce's philosophy and how it relates to Hegelianism.

Peirce held that Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness are core functions of the Cosmos itself, three "worlds" if you will.  This has obvious parallels to Hegel's triadic approach of Logic, Nature, and Spirit.

Peirce's notion of Tychism is also examined, that the universe contains a degree of pure randomness, foreshadowing the findings of quantum physics. How this relates specifically to Hegel's core concept of Freedom is covered.

And lastly, Peirce's Evolutionary Love is discussed, which teaches that the universe is one continuous whole, and in addtion to rationality, also contain love or Agapism as he calls it, as a fundamental aspect.  This is similar in respect to Hegel's famous dictum, "Subject is Substance."