Philosophica: International Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 26, Issue 51, April 2018

Filosofia e Interpetação

Bruno C. Duarte
Pages 39-54

Filosofia da Física – Física da Filosofia

The oldest systematic program of German Idealism predicted the emergence of a “large‑scale Physics” that would be given “wings” to rise in the days to come. Similarly, Friedrich Schlegel’s experiments on the paradoxical representation of modern Physics as a “practical science of substance” forced him to radically confront the autonomy of the Philosophy of Nature, one of the dominant issues at the end of the 18th century. Schlegel tried to achieve a “higher Physics” by equating what he called the “Physics of the universe” with a “divine Logic”. This hybrid made him consider “natural Physics” in terms of a “Philosophy of Physics” subsuming within itself a “natural history of nature”. Founded upon an idea of Physics as the quintessence of a science yet to come, unified as a living whole, a Philosophy of Physics necessarily implies a Physics of Philosophy – and urges one to rethink the nature of all philosophy.