How nature came to be thought: Schelling’s paradox and the problem of location

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Grant, I. H. (2013) How nature came to be thought: Schelling’s paradox and the problem of location. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 44 (1). pp. 24-43. ISSN 0007-1773 Available from:

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In his Predication and Genesis, Wolfram Hogrebe reconstructs Schelling’s Ages of the World along the lines of a theory of predication, while asking, with Schelling, how it is that predication or judgment comes about. In one sense, therefore, the work asks, ‘how does reasoning arise in nature?’ In another, it affirms that “the world lies caught in the nets of reason; but the question is: how did it come to be in these nets?”4 A philosophy of nature, in that it seeks precisely to embrace nature in reason or affirms that nature cannot – since “nature is incognizable” is a cognition – be considered a priori insusceptible to all cognitive strategies without begging the question, can neither avoid therefore the problem of the identity of nature in thought with nature before thought. While the first question posits that reasoning is contained in nature and the second, conversely, that nature is contained in reasoning, and since the two contradict one another, one can only be true if the other is false.With Schelling, however, I will argue first, that both are true and second, that it is because reasoning occurs in nature that nature comes to be contained in reason and that it is the reverse of this order that is importantly false. Otherwise, either reasoning, if it occurred in a world, could not reason about nature or it could only catch nature in its nets if that reasoning were other than the world in which it occurs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature, topology, Schelling, field ontology
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr I. Grant
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 08:15
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 20:22


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