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First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature eBook ☆ SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Read » danpashley ¿ [Reading] ➸ First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (SUNY Series in Contemporary ConAppearing 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 Things I learned in this bookNature is BisexualLife is what happens when stinky heterosexuality emergesCool proto process philosophy tho

eBook ✓ SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy ç Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

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 wo Some very interesting development upon the idea of nature as absolutely active and through this unconditionedness can be ascribed to nature 'To philosophize about nature means to heave it out of the dead mechanism to which it seems predisposed to uicken it with freedom and to set it into its own free development—to philosophize about nature means in other words to tear yourself away from the common view which discerns in nature only what “happens”—and which at most views the act as a factum not the action itself in its acting''

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First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental PhilosophyRld 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 who Through a seuence of bizarre yet strangely compelling 'deductions' Schelling proves that the organic is simply the higher power of the inorganic and over that the existence of a former is scandalous Nature being absolute productivity nonobjective nonconceptual even abhors products much less 'productive products' such as living things But if Nature is simply furious activity than no products can come about Therefore to account for the existence of products we must posit an original duplicity in universal Nature a prime contradiction which fuels all other oppositions The opposites must forever shunin order forever to seek each other;and forever seekin order never to find each other;it is only in thiscontradiction that the ground of all the activity of Nature liesFrom the standpoint of intuition synthesis everything is continuously and monstrously productive but from that of reflection analysis discontinuous inhibited retarded consolidated Therefore properly speaking it is only from the standpoint of reflection that there arises an opposition between organic and inorganic for Nature as absolute productivity 'transcends' the opposition Nature as Subject must objectify itself by folding in on itself in order to appear as product at all A weary reader may want to skip straight to page 193 for a uick and dirty outline of the whole treatise and to get a grasp of the explicit theoretical aims of Schelling's project of speculative physics Schelling's main gripe with transcendental philosophy to which he supplements his own philosophy of nature is that it one sidedly traces the ideal from the real subordinating the latter to the former In contrast speculative physics or the philosophy of nature seeks to explain the ideal by the real Sounds modest right? Except it isn't The first maxim of all true natural science to explain everything by the forces of Natureis therefore accepted in its widest extent in our scienceand even extended to that region at the limit of which all interpretation of Nature has until now been accustomed to stop shortfor exampleto those organic phenomena which seem to presuppose an analogy with reason Forgranted that there really is something which presupposes such analogy in the actions of animalsnothing further would follow on the principle of realism than that what we call “reason”is a mere play of higher and necessarily unknown natural forcesForinasmuch as all thinking is at last reducible to a producing and reproducingthere is nothing impossible in the thought that the same activity by which Nature reproduces itself anew in each successive phase is reproductive in thought through the medium of the organism very much in the same manner in whichthrough the action and play of lightNaturewhich exists independently of itis really created immateriallyand as it were for a second timein which case it is natural that what forms the limit of our intuitive faculty no longer falls within the sphere of our intuition itselfBy suggesting that 'Reason' is a play of unknown natural forces Schelling is proposing that the so called naturalistic fallacy that we cannot reduce an 'ought' to an 'is' might turn out on the last instance to be a blind spot intrinsic to sophisticated information processing system combining feedback loops with 'control' and 'stimulation' The purported irreducibility then stems from the fact that we literally cannot cognize our own cognitive processes the way we cognize our environment Needlessly to say this has scandalous ramifications for the autonomy of transcendental philosophy ramifications which we have only begun to unpack