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Natural Philosophy
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Natural philosophy is the philosophy of the one nature of things, in which all the many things of nature participate. Every philosophy began as natural philosophy in antiquity. The different philosophical disciplines have, however, separated from this beginning, so that now natural philosophy appears as one of many areas of philosophy.

I. Antiquity

Natural philosophy emerged from poetry with Hesiod. To recognize the being of the whole as proceedin…

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Meyer-Abich, Klaus Michael, “Natural Philosophy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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