The Idea of Nature as a Structure

A Few Thoughts on Schelling’s Naturphilosophie

Authors

  • Terrence Thomson

Keywords:

Naturphilosophie, German Idealism, structure, nature, Kant, Schelling

Abstract

In this essay I provide a reading of Schelling’s idea of nature, exploring how it points to a common structure iterated in both the organic and inorganic world. I explore the meaning and constitution of this structure through its reorientation of the subject/object divide and its logic of symbiotic “involution.” I then reflect on one of the popular images of this structure in Naturphilosophie, the whirlpool. I explore how the whirlpool expresses the dynamic at the core of Schelling’s idea of nature and explore some of its potential shared ground with some more contemporary views.

Author Biography

Terrence Thomson

Currently studying for an M.A in European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP). My B.A was in Fine Art obtained from Central Saint Martins in 2010.

I am 29, living and working in London.

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Published

28-12-2022

How to Cite

Thomson, T. (2022). The Idea of Nature as a Structure: A Few Thoughts on Schelling’s Naturphilosophie. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 18(2), 1–21. Retrieved from https://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/1048