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Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature (Texts in German Philosophy) Hardcover – September 30, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0521321020 ISBN-10: 0521321026

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  • Series: Texts in German Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 30, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521321026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521321020
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775-1854) was a German "Idealist" philosopher. He wrote in the Preface to the first edition of this 1797 book, "now theoretical philosophy concerns itself only with the investigation into the reality of our knowledge AS SUCH; it belongs, however, to the APPLIED, under the name of a Philosophy of Nature, to derive from principles a DETERMINATE system of our knowledge...What physics is for THEORETICAL philosophy, HISTORY is for the PRACTICAL... Thus in working out the Philosophy of Nature and the Philosophy of Man, I hope to embrace the whole of APPLIED philosophy. From the former natural science, from the latter history, should receive a scientific foundation. The following essay is intended only to be the beginning of an execution of this plan... this work contains no scientific system, but only IDEAS for a philosophy of Nature. One may regard it as a series of individual discussions on this subject." (Pg. 3-4)

He states in the Introduction, "Philosophy is not something with which our mind, without its own agency, is originally and by nature imbued. It is throughout a work of freedom. It is for each only what he has himself made it; and therefore the idea of philosophy is also the result of philosophy itself; which, as an infinite science, is at the same time the science of itself." (Pg. 9)

He says, "If... we gather up Nature into a single Whole, mechanism... a regressive series of causes and effects, and purposiveness, that is, independence of mechanism, simultaneity of causes and effects, stand confronting each other. If we unite these two extremes, the idea arises in us of a purposiveness of the whole; Nature becomes a circle which returns into itself, a self-enclosed system...
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