Schelling's Dynamic Evolutionism

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:
Schelling's Dynamic Evolutionism

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Schelling's conception of the organic, which lay at the heart of his idealism, served as the magnet that initially attracted such researchers as Reil, Kielmeyer, and Goethe to labor over his quite abstruse philosophy. Schelling's organic conception of nature owed much to Kant's general analysis of teleological judgment, which, after all, seemed to be a judgmental function similar to that grounding the categories of cause, substance, and the rest. Schelling perceived even nonliving matter's origin in a balance of forces held in dynamic tension. Schelling's larger metaphysical theory neatly accommodated this basic physiological scheme. Schelling argued that all developmental “operations of nature in the organic world are a continuous individualization of matter.” The apex of individualization, according to Schelling, “is reached in the formation of the reproductive power of the opposite sexes.”

Keywords: organic; Schelling; individualization; dynamic; evolution

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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