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The hypothesis of nature's logic in Schelling's Naturphilosophie

Grant, Iain Hamilton



Matthew Altman


Schelling’s Naturphilosophie is either considered one of several phases through which his philosophy passed or, as Schelling repeatedly states, it is “one side of philosophy” until at least 1830 and, since he wrote his last work on the subject in 1844, remains a constant focus of his philosophical trajectory from beginning to end. Even if the Naturphilosophie is a constant philosophical presence, however, this does not warrant the ascription of a consistency to it that it may turn out to lack, nor suggest that Schelling pursues just one method in his investigations under that rubric. Yet if we accept Schelling’s testimony, we cannot accept the narrow, phase-based restriction of Naturphilosophie to those books, essays, and journals clearly contributory to it. To understand Naturphilosophie accordingly requires consideration of Schelling’s many articulations of nature, its concept, and its place in philosophy, as a whole, from throughout his career.


Grant, I. H. (2014). The hypothesis of nature's logic in Schelling's Naturphilosophie. In M. Altman (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism (478-498). London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 478-498
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism
ISBN 9781137334749
Keywords Schelling, Naturphilosophie, German idealism, naturalization of logic
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