First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature

SUNY Press
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Appearing here in English for the first time, this is F. W. J. Schelling’s vital document of the attempts of German Idealism and Romanticism to recover a deeper relationship between humanity and nature and to overcome the separation between mind and matter induced by the modern reductivist program. Written in 1799 and building upon his earlier work, First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature provides the most inclusive exposition of Schelling’s philosophy of the natural world. He presents a startlingly contemporary model of an expanding and contracting universe; a unified theory of electricity, gravity magnetism, and chemical forces; and, perhaps most importantly, a conception of nature as a living and organic whole.
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Keith R. Peterson is Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Michael’s College and Champlain College.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2012
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780791485514
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English
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Philosophy / General
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Presents an original and rigorous of the entire project of Kantian critique, demonstrating the essential role that cosmology plays in Kant and those he influenced.

"Most pivotal in this book is Kerszberg's nuanced account of the relationship between the antinomies of pure reason and the foundations of critique itself. On Kerszberg's reading, the relationship between Kant's Analytic and Dialectic is much more complicated than anyone has recognized. On the basis of his discoveries, Kerszberg is able to clarify the stakes involved in Kant's resistance to the sorts of moves by his immediate successors (Maimon, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel) as well as to offer a powerful alternative to the Heideggerian reading of Kant. Along the way he offers compelling evidence against many of the standard readings of Kant's philosophy of science, frequently by situating Kant's texts in the context of early modern debates. Throughout, Kerszberg's scholarship is impeccable. The entire book is brilliant". -- Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University, Chicago

"This book concerns the essential role that the issue of cosmology plays both in Kant's thought and in those (especially in continental thought, Husserl and Heidegger) that Kant has affected. Both Husserl and Heidegger, still the most important thinkers in twentieth-century continental thought, briefly (but unsystematically) explored these topics for which now, thanks to Pierre Kerszberg, we have the details. His point is that Kant's project remains both more complicated and more fertile than either of these thinkers grasped, to the detriment of their own general philosophical positions". -- Stephen H. Watson, University of Notre Dame

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