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Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature : Texts in German Philosophy - F. W. J. von Schelling

Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature

Texts in German Philosophy

By: F. W. J. von Schelling, Errol E. Harris (Translator), Peter Heath (Translator), Robert Stern (Introduction by)

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Published: 3rd April 1989
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This is the first English translation of Schelling's Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature (first published in 1797 and revised in 1803), one of the most significant works in the German tradition of philosophy of nature and early nineteenth-century philosophy of science. It stands in opposition to the Newtonian picture of matter as constituted by inert, impenetrable particles, and argues instead for matter as an equilibrium of active forces that engage in dynamic polar opposition to one another. In the revisions of 1803 Schelling incorporated this dialectical view into a neo-Platonic conception of an original unity divided upon itself. The text is of more than simply historical interest: its daring and original vision of nature, philosophy, and empirical science will prove absorbing reading for all philosophers concerned with post-Kantian German idealism, for scholars of German Romanticism, and for historians of science.

Introductionp. ix
Translators' Notep. xxiv
Glossaryp. xxvi
Preface to the First Editionp. 3
Preface to the Second Editionp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Supplement: Exposition of the General Idea of Philosophy as Such, and of the Philosophy of Nature in Particular, as a Necessary and Integral Part of Itp. 43
Of the Combustion of Bodiesp. 59
Supplement: A New View of the Combustion Processp. 65
Of Lightp. 68
Supplement: Concerning the Theory of Light in the Philosophy of Naturep. 83
Of the Air and the Kinds of Airp. 87
Supplement: Some Remarks on the History of the Decomposition of Waterp. 93
Of Electricityp. 96
Supplement: On the Construction of Electricity in the Philosophy of Naturep. 114
Of the Magnetp. 122
Supplement: The Doctrine of the Philosophy of Nature on Magnetismp. 128
General Considerations, as Results of the Foregoingp. 130
Supplement: Universal Features of the Dynamic Processp. 136
On Attraction and Repulsion in General, as Principles of a System of Naturep. 143
Supplement: General View of the System of the Worldp. 150
On the Fictitious Use of These Two Principlesp. 153
Supplement: On the Concept of Forces in General and More Especially in Newtonianismp. 158
Some Remarks on the Mechanical Physics of M. le Sagep. 161
Supplement: General Remark on Atomismp. 170
First Origin of the Concept of Matter, from the Nature of Perception and the Human Mindp. 171
Supplement: The Construction of Matterp. 179
Basic Principles of Dynamicsp. 182
Supplement: Notes on the Foregoing Idealist Construction of Matterp. 191
Of Contingent Determinations of Matter--Gradual Transition into the Domain of Mere Experiencep. 193
Supplement: Of the Form-Determinations and Specific Difference of Matterp. 202
Philosophy of Chemistry in Generalp. 206
Supplement: Is Chemistry as a Science Possible?p. 218
Application of These Principles to Particular Topics of Chemistryp. 221
Appendix to the Previous Section [Literary Notices]p. 239
Supplement: On the Substances in Chemistryp. 250
Projected Outline of the First Principles of Chemistryp. 252
Supplement: Construction of the Chemical Processp. 268
Concluding Note and Transition to the Following Partp. 272
Checklist of Scientific Authorsp. 275
Index of Namesp. 285
Index of Subjectsp. 287
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ISBN: 9780521357333
ISBN-10: 0521357330
Series: Texts in German Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 3rd April 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.39  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2