Single Idea 15314

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / b. Fields]

Full Idea

In Faraday lines of force picture the directional structure of powers, the fundamental entity is a single, unified field. ...A new criterion of the ultimate has stepped in: Unity. The universal field is still the final explanation, but not invariant.

Gist of Idea

Faraday's single field of variable forces introduces a criterion of Unity into what is ultimate


report of Michael Faraday (Experimental Researches in Electricity [1859]) by Harré,R./Madden,E.H. - Causal Powers 9.II.B

Book Reference

Harré,R/Madden,E.H.: 'Causal Powers: A Theory of Natural Necessity' [Blackwell 1975], p.175

A Reaction

Almost Parmenides, except that the field is not invariant. But that was always the ancient objection to the One - that it offered no explanation of change.