Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Romantic AbsoluteBeing and Knowing in Early German Romantic Philosophy, 1795-1804$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Dalia Nassar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084237.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 15 October 2019

Becoming, Nature, and Freedom

Becoming, Nature, and Freedom

Chapter:
(p.115) Chapter Seven Becoming, Nature, and Freedom
Source:
The Romantic Absolute
Author(s):

Dalia Nassar

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226084237.003.0009

This chapter explores Schlegel’s understanding of the relationship between the infinite and the finite, and shows how Schlegel seeks to conceive the relation in decisively different terms from the relation between the unconditioned and conditioned. It argues that the infinite and finite are not two separate or distinct entities, such that the infinite precedes and predetermines the finite. Rather, the infinite and finite are reciprocally conditioning and conditioned grounds— the infinite is only in and through the finite, and vice versa. The chapter also illustrates that, according to Schlegel, being or reality is necessarily historical because it is always in a state of transition— the infinite becoming finite, and the finite becoming infinite. The chapter concludes with an exploration of Schlegel’s notion of “infinite becoming” and his view that nature is historical.

Keywords:   Friedrich Schlegel, German idealism, German romanticism, philosophy of nature, Naturphilosophie, romantic science, the absolute, history of philosophy

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.