Single Idea 22074

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / d. Absolute idealism]

Full Idea

What is required is to show that everything that is effective (nature, the world of things) is grounded in activity, life, freedom.

Gist of Idea

We must show that the whole of nature, because it is effective, is grounded in freedom


Friedrich Schelling (Of Human Freedom [1809], p.351), quoted by Jean-François Courtine - Schelling

Book Reference

'A Companion to Continental Philosophy', ed/tr. Critchley,S/Schroeder,W [Blackwell 1999], p.87

A Reaction

I take the ancestor of this view of nature to be the monads of Leibniz, as the active principle in nature. Because this is an idealist view, it starts with the absolute freedom of the Self, and presumably sees nature in its own image.