Single Idea 22057

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 1. Nature]

Full Idea

Schelling's philosophy of nature aims to connect nature's 'unconscious productivity' with the mind's 'conscious productivity'.

Gist of Idea

Schelling sought a union between the productivities of nature and of the mind


report of Friedrich Schelling (Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature [1799]) by Andrew Bowie - German Philosophy: a very short introduction 3

Book Reference

Bowie,Andrew: 'German Philosophy: very short intro' [OUP 2010], p.42

A Reaction

If you have a fairly active view of nature (as Leibniz did), then this is a promising line. I like the unpopular view that the modern idea of spontaneous 'powers' in nature is applicable to explanations of mind.

Related Idea

Idea 22056 Crucial to Idealism is the idea of continuity between receptivity and spontaneous judgement [Bowie]