Friedrich Schelling: Erster Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie (1444 words)

  • Dale E. Snow (Loyola University Maryland)

Of Schelling’s first three early works on the philosophy of nature, the Erster Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie [First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature] is almost certainly the most important. It is also the least well known. The Ideen (1797) and Von der Weltseele (1798) were republished in Schelling’s lifetime and earned considerable critical attention; the First Outline appeared once, in 1799, with a separately published introduction, and was never re-issued. It was originally intended as a study guide for students attending Schelling’s lectures on the philosophy of nature at the University of Jena, yet it incorporates many of the strengths of the first two works …

Snow, Dale E.. "Erster Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2012
[, accessed 23 August 2017.]

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