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Schelling: The Poetry of Nature

in The Romantic Conception of Life

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226712109
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226712185 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226712185.003.0003
Schelling: The Poetry of Nature

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Most recent historians of science regard the Romantic movement in general and Schelling in particular as having turned away from cool reason to embrace emotional mysticism. Schelling's early work, on the contrary, exemplifies a persistent effort to think rationally through basic epistemological problems. He attempted to ground his philosophy both in the certainty of self-reflection and in an experimental understanding of nature. Schelling sought to demonstrate through extended argument and appeal to scientific practice that the basic principles given objectively in nature were isomorphic with those acts delineated subjectively in the self. The turmoil and tragedy of Schelling's youth realigned the trajectory of his thought and drove it into the science of the nineteenth century. Schelling's theory of absolute identity left many knots still tightly constricting the arteries of the system.

Keywords: science; Schelling; nature; epistemological problems; philosophy; mysticism

Chapter.  36945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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