What Is Reaction, What Does It Mean?July 2, 2021
counter effect. Every action is met with a reaction, this reaction is a new effect. According to the metaphysical and mechanical understanding, action is cause and reaction is effect. According to this understanding, the evaporation of water on earth results in rain. The dialectical understanding considers the last rain as the cause of a new evaporation and new rains in a relationship of mutual influence. Cause and effect change places, but this is not a mechanical displacement, because as they change place, they change themselves. In mechanical motion, the displacer itself does not change. In the metaphysical understanding, action is action, and reaction is reaction, and they are separate things. The dialectical understanding has given the real meaning of action and reaction, which are necessary for each other, in the understanding of mutual action (reciprocal action N.).