What Is Infinity, What Does It Mean?July 2, 2021
The nature of the infinite. It is also used in place of the word infinity. Engels replied to Naegeli, who said, “We can know the finite, but not the infinity,”: “Yes, we can eat cherries and plums, but we cannot eat fruit. Because no one has been able to eat the fruit itself as a fruit”. By this, Engels means: Just as fruit is an abstract sum of cherries, plums, pears, etc., so infinity is an abstract sum of concrete finites in an infinite number and variety. Finite cherry, plum, pear etc. Just as the eternal fruit persists when it dies and disappears, so the finite concrete forms perish and perish, and so does the infinite.
The term infinity is also used in the sense of eternity, eternity and eternity (eternity N.) (Os. Ezeliyet ve Eterniyet). Some metaphysicians also defend infinity, but the infinity they defend is an infinity that turns on itself like a circle and repeats endlessly. Hegel called this metaphysical understanding of infinity ‘distorted infinity’. The theory of ‘cyclical motion’ derives from this corrupt and inappropriate understanding of metaphysics.