Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature
verso: book cover of Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature: F. W. J van Schelling, 1797
"We require to know how such a nature arose outside us, how even the very idea of such a nature has got into us… The first who saw mind and matter as one was Spinoza… Nature should be mind made visible, mind the invisible nature. Here is the absolute identity of mind in us and nature outside us, the problem of the possibility of a nature external to us must be resolved. The final goal of our further research is, therefore, this idea of nature." (F. W. J van Schelling, introduction to Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature)