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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1798–1800 | 1798–1800 Editors for Kant

| 1798–1800 | 1798–1800 Editors for Kant

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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter tells the story of the two brothers’ editorship for the philosophical weekly Philosophisk Repertorium, which aimed at propagating Kant's critical philosophy. They did not found this weekly, but carried it on against all odds. Their division of labour pushed Hans Christian into reviewing the most common textbook on physics and chemistry in Scandinavia and part of the German states, viz. Court Steward Hauch's First Principles of Natural Philosophy, only to realize that he (Ørsted) was the only Kantian scientist in his country. This review attacked the corpuscular theory elaborated by Laplace, head of the French Academy of Science, and shared by Hauch. Alternatively, Ørsted advocated a dynamical system of physics, which he pursued for the rest of his life. It was inspired by Kant's metaphysics.

Keywords:   ‘philosophical repertory’ edited by the Ørsted brothers, court steward hauch, corpuscular theory, Laplacean physics, Ørsted's Kant-inspired dynamical system

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