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The Influence Of Kant's Philosophy On The Young H. C. Ørsted

  • Keld Nielsen
  • Hanne Andersen
Part of the Boston Studies In The Philosophy Of Science book series (BSPS, volume 241)

In attempting to answer the question why it was H. C. Ørsted (1777–1851) who discovered electromagnetism, historians of science have discussed whether Ørsted was influenced by Schelling’s Naturphilosophie or rather by Kant’s philosophy. Thus, R. C. Stauffer and L. P. Williams have seen Ørsted’s discovery of electromagnetism as closely related to the influence which J. W. F. Schelling’s Naturphilosophie had exerted on Ørsted prior to the discovery; the main point being that Ørsted did not perceive of electricity, heat, light, and magnetism as imponderable, corpuscular fluids but as forces of a common origin.

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Amniotic Fluid Pure Reason External Sense Fundamental Determination Metaphysical Foundation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keld Nielsen
    • 1
  • Hanne Andersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Danish Museum of ElectricityDenmark
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenDenmark

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