Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature

ISBN-10: 0521357330
ISBN-13: 9780521357333
Edition: 2001
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Description: This is the first English translation of Schelling's Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature (first published in 1797 and revised in 1803), one of the most significant works in the German tradition of philosophy of nature and early nineteenth-century  More...

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List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/30/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

This is the first English translation of Schelling's Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature (first published in 1797 and revised in 1803), one of the most significant works in the German tradition of philosophy of nature and early nineteenth-century philosophy of science. It stands in opposition to the Newtonian picture of matter as constituted by inert, impenetrable particles, and argues instead for matter as an equilibrium of active forces that engage in dynamic polar opposition to one another. In the revisions of 1803 Schelling incorporated this dialectical view into a neo-Platonic conception of an original unity divided upon itself. The text is of more than simply historical interest: its daring and original vision of nature, philosophy, and empirical science will prove absorbing reading for all philosophers concerned with post-Kantian German idealism, for scholars of German Romanticism, and for historians of science.

Robert Stern, MD, is Emeritus Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Robert Stern left Germany in 1938 for Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College in 1957, and obtained the M.D. degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1962, followed by a rotating internship at King County Hospital (Seattle). While a medical student, he worked in the laboratories of Drs. Krebs and Fisher, who became Nobel laureates. He received his resident training in Anatomic Pathology at the NCI, and was a research scientist at the NIH for 10 years. Since 1977, he has been a member of the Pathology Department at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a board-certified Anatomic Pathologist, participating in the research, teaching, administrative, and diagnostic activities of the Department. He directed the Ph.D. program in Experimental Pathology for ten years. For the past decade, his research has focused on hyaluronan and the hyaluronidases, an outgrowth of an interest in malignancies of connective tissue, stromal-epithelial interactions in cancer, and biology of the tumor extracellular matrix. His laboratory was the first to identify the family of six hyaluronidase sequences in the human genome. These enzymes were then sequenced, expressed, and characterized in his laboratory. Subsequent work has identified a catabolic pathway for hyaluronan.

Introduction
Translators' Note
Glossary
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Supplement: Exposition of the General Idea of Philosophy as Such, and of the Philosophy of Nature in Particular, as a Necessary and Integral Part of It
Of the Combustion of Bodies
Supplement: A New View of the Combustion Process
Of Light
Supplement: Concerning the Theory of Light in the Philosophy of Nature
Of the Air and the Kinds of Air
Supplement: Some Remarks on the History of the Decomposition of Water
Of Electricity
Supplement: On the Construction of Electricity in the Philosophy of Nature
Of the Magnet
Supplement: The Doctrine of the Philosophy of Nature on Magnetism
General Considerations, as Results of the Foregoing
Supplement: Universal Features of the Dynamic Process
On Attraction and Repulsion in General, as Principles of a System of Nature
Supplement: General View of the System of the World
On the Fictitious Use of These Two Principles
Supplement: On the Concept of Forces in General and More Especially in Newtonianism
Some Remarks on the Mechanical Physics of M. le Sage
Supplement: General Remark on Atomism
First Origin of the Concept of Matter, from the Nature of Perception and the Human Mind
Supplement: The Construction of Matter
Basic Principles of Dynamics
Supplement: Notes on the Foregoing Idealist Construction of Matter
Of Contingent Determinations of Matter--Gradual Transition into the Domain of Mere Experience
Supplement: Of the Form-Determinations and Specific Difference of Matter
Philosophy of Chemistry in General
Supplement: Is Chemistry as a Science Possible?
Application of These Principles to Particular Topics of Chemistry
Appendix to the Previous Section [Literary Notices]
Supplement: On the Substances in Chemistry
Projected Outline of the First Principles of Chemistry
Supplement: Construction of the Chemical Process
Concluding Note and Transition to the Following Part
Checklist of Scientific Authors
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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