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Nature
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I. Terminology and Natural Science

1. Terminology.

The term “nature” (Gk ϕύσις/phýsis; Lat. natura [ Physis/Natura : II, 2]) is a concept that derives from Aristotle and ancient philosophy. There it denotes that which is of itself, as distinct from that which is made by art or culture (Arist. Phys. II 1.6). Greek philosophy distinguished, if often implicitly, between (a) investigation of ethical, juridical and political questions as the field …

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Harrington, Anne, Meyer-Abich, Klaus Michael, Gregersen, Niels Henrik and Niekerk, Kees van Kooten, “Nature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024030>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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