Philosophies of Nature After Schelling

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A&C Black, Dec 23, 2008 - 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

1 Why Schelling? Why Naturephilosophy?
1
The Reemergence of Platonic Physics in the Genetic Philosophy
26
3 Antiphysics and NeoFichteanism
59
4 The Natural History of the Unthinged
119
Phenomenality Physics and the Idea
158
6 Dynamic Philosophy Transcendental Physics
187
Transcendental Geology
199
Bibliography
207
Index
225
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About the author (2008)

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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