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Philosophy of Nature
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1. Term and Concept

In a secular context “nature” refers to “all that there is,” all the matter and energy in the universe, all the objects and forces that can be studied by the physical sciences. A narrow and popular sense, as in “nature study,” concerns mainly the plant and animal species, as well as the geology and meteorology, of earth’s environments. Philosophy of nature in the broad sense involves theoretical consideration not on…

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Rudolph, Enno and Brown, Robert F., “Philosophy of Nature”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.97>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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