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Single Idea 19595

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

Full Idea

Nature is a whole - in which each part in itself can never be wholly understood.

Gist of Idea

Nature is a whole, and its individual parts cannot be wholly understood


Novalis (Last Fragments [1800], 18)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.157

A Reaction

This doesn't seem right when studying some item in a laboratory, but it seems undeniable when you consider the history and future of each item.

Related Idea

Idea 19594 General statements about nature are not valid [Novalis]