Philosophies of Nature After Schelling

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A&C Black, Jun 23, 2006 - Philosophy - 232 pages
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'The whole of modern European philosophy', wrote F.W.J. Schelling in 1809, 'has this common deficiency - that nature does not exist for it.' Despite repeated echoes of Schelling's assessment throughout the natural sciences, and despite the philosophy of nature recently proposed but not completed by Gilles Deleuze, Philosophies of Nature After Schelling argues that Schelling's verdict remains accurate two hundred years later. Presenting a lucid account of Schelling's major works in the philosophy of nature alongside those of his scientific contemporaries who pursued and furthered that work, this book does not simply aim to present Schelling's extravagant 'speculative physics' as an historical episode. Rather, Schelling's programme is presented as a viable and necessary corrective both to the rejection of metaphysics and the correlative 'antiphysics' at the ethical heart of contemporary philosophy.

 

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Contents

Why Schelling? Why Naturephilosophy?
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11 Postkantian Naturephilosophy
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12 The nature of postkantianism
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13 The history of philosophy as the comparative extensity of philosophical systems
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The Powers Due to Becoming The Reemergence of Platonic Physics in the Genetic Philosophy
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The dephysicalization of great physics
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211 The physics of the All and the physics of all things
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212 Matter body and substance
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Fichte contra Oken
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Mathematics and the animal
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Fichtes essence of animals
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34 Antiphysics and the grounds of science
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The Natural History of the Unthinged
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41 The earliest programme of German comparative zoology
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411 The natural history of transcendental anatomy
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412 Physics and the animal kingdom
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213 Kosmos noetos
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Gene and dynamics in Platonic physics
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23 Natural history
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Antiphysics and NeoFichteanism
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Kant and somatism
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311 The genetics of transcendentalism
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312 Transcendental philosophy as relative antiphysics
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313 Megabodies and superstrata
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3131 Ground and superstratum in transcendental philosophy
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Somatic aether physics
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3133 Dynamic aether physics
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Fichteanism and the number of worlds
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413 Linear and nonlinear usages of the theory of recapitulation
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4132 The genetic problem
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A new epoch in natural history
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The dynamic succession of stages in nature
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What thinks in me is what is outside me Phenomenality Physics and the Idea
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51 The subject of nature itself
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52 The decomposition of intelligence
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Dynamic Philosophy Transcendental Physics
187
Conclusion Transcendental Geology
199
Bibliography
207
Index
225
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Iain Hamilton Grant is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England. He has written widely on post-Kantian European philosophy and is translator of Lyotard's Libidinal Economy and Baudrillard's Symbolic Exchange and Death.

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