Chemistry and Schelling’s answer to the antinomy of reflective power of judgment

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  • Anton Kabeshkin University of Potsdam

Resumo

Kant’s treatment of organic phenomena in the third Critique is relatively well-known. Less known is that Schelling offered an original answer to the same problems in his early writings on the philosophy of nature. Even less known is the significance of his rethinking of the role of chemistry in his approach to organic phenomena. In this article, after outlining the problem of organic phenomena at the end of the eighteenth century, I reconstruct Schelling’s account of chemistry against the background of Kant’s theory of matter. I show that, while Schelling endorses Kant’s verdict that chemistry is not a proper science, he nevertheless assigns to it a far greater scope and explanatory power than Kant does. After that, I briefly sketch Schelling’s solution to the problem of organic phenomena while stressing the significance of his thinking about chemistry for this solution.

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2021-04-20

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KABESHKIN, A. Chemistry and Schelling’s answer to the antinomy of reflective power of judgment. Kant e-Prints, [S. l.], v. 15, n. 3, p. 35–50, 2021. Disponível em: https://www.cle.unicamp.br/eprints/index.php/kant-e-prints/article/view/1475. Acesso em: 27 jan. 2022.