First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature

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SUNY Press, 2012 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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Appearing here in English for the first time, this is F. W. J. Schelling’s vital document of the attempts of German Idealism and Romanticism to recover a deeper relationship between humanity and nature and to overcome the separation between mind and matter induced by the modern reductivist program. Written in 1799 and building upon his earlier work, First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature provides the most inclusive exposition of Schelling’s philosophy of the natural world. He presents a startlingly contemporary model of an expanding and contracting universe; a unified theory of electricity, gravity magnetism, and chemical forces; and, perhaps most importantly, a conception of nature as a living and organic whole.
 

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Contents

Title Page of Schelling 1799 Edition
1
Foreword to Schelling 1799 Edition
3
OUTLINE OF THE WHOLE
5
FIRST DIVISION
13
SECOND DIVISION
71
THIRD DIVISION
105
INTRODUCTION TO THE OUTLINE OF A SYSTEM OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE OR ON THE CONCEPT OF SPECULATIVE PHYSICS...
193
Scientific Authors
233
NOTES
239
ENGLISHGERMAN GLOSSARY
249
GERMANENGLISH GLOSSARY
253
PAGE CONCORDANCE
257
INDEX
261
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Keith R. Peterson is Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Michael’s College and Champlain College.

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