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The Romantic AbsoluteBeing and Knowing in Early German Romantic Philosophy, 1795-1804$
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Dalia Nassar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084237.001.0001

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The Philosophy of Nature

The Philosophy of Nature

(p.187) Chapter Ten The Philosophy of Nature
The Romantic Absolute

Dalia Nassar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores Schelling’s turn to nature, and engages with the debates concerning the origins of his transformed understanding of nature. While in his early writings on nature, Schelling had insisted that nature must be grasped as a product of the mind, in his 1799 Einleitung to the Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie, he maintains that nature is independent of mind. The chapter argues that his transformed understanding of nature is based on his appropriation of Goethe’s notion of natural metamorphosis. It offers an elaboration of Goethe’s conception of metamorphosis and illustrates Schelling’s debt to Goethe through biographical evidence and a detailed analysis of the Einleitung. The chapter concludes with an examination of Schelling’s notion of experimentation and its role in the philosophical construction of nature.

Keywords:   Friedrich Schelling, Goethe, Goethe’s Science, Naturphilosophie, philosophy of nature, German idealism, intellectual intuition, the absolute, philosophical construction, history of philosophy

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