Matter and Motion

The indestructibility of motion cannot be conceived merely quantitatively; it must also be conceived qualitatively; matter whose purely mechanical change of place includes indeed the possibility under favourable conditions of being transformed into heat, electricity, chemical action, life, but which is not capable of producing these conditions from out of itself, such matter has forfeited motion; motion which has lost the capacity of being transformed into the various forms appropriate to it may indeed still have dynamis but no longer energeia, and so has become partially destroyed. Both, however, are unthinkable.

Frederick Engels, Dialectics of Nature, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1976, 37

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2 thoughts on “Matter and Motion

  1. wow, this is fantastic. I had no idea what Engels was talking about till I read this. Now a glimmer . . . thanks for posting.

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