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Reproduction Versus Metamorphosis: Hegel and the Evolutionary Thinking of His Time (2020)


Several problems with Hegel’s conception of the organism in the Encyclopaedia are due to the separation between individual life in Nature and the universal life of the Concept. This discontinuity between ontogenesis and phylogenesis in his dialectics of organic life will be studied here by following his presentation of physiological development, especially reproduction, and by reconstructing the historical model he criticizes—Leibniz’s organic machines and their development in Buffon’s Natural History—a model that was also of crucial importance to the philosophy of nature of Schelling and his followers.

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Authors & Contributors
Schmied-Kowarzik, Wolfdietrich
Neuser, Wolfgang
Vieweg, Klaus
Gloy, Karen
Wandschneider, Dieter
Wahsner, Renate
Philosophia Naturalis
Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung
Hegel Jahrbuch
Studies in Romanticism
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Indiana University Press
College Publications
Development; growth; life; death
Human physiology
Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
Kant, Immanuel
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
Fries, Jakob Friedrich
Ritter, Johann Wilhelm
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

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