Chapter 5 is an attempt to summarize the genesis and context of Lotze’s great philosophical masterpiece, Mikrokosmus. This book was Lotze’s attempt to create a credible metaphysics for the modern scientific era. It places the work in its context by considering the famous materialism controversy which arose in the 1850s. It discusses Lotze’s attempt to revive teleology, his critique of materialism, his distinction between truth and existence, his philosophy of history and theological views.
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