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Fechner, Gustav Theodor - As described by Erwin Schrodinger in What is Life



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Erwin Schrodinger – What is Life?

We encounter here the bold thought of universal animation, though not for the first time, not even in Western philosophy. 

Two thousand years earlier [than Spinoza], the Ionian philosophers acquired from it the surname of hyrozoists. 

After Spinoza, the genius of Gustav Theodor Fechner did not shy at attributing a soul to a plant, to the earth as celestial body, to the planetary system… I do not fall in with these fantasies, yet I should not like to have to pass judgement as to who has come nearer the deepest truth, Fechner or the bankrupts of rationalism.

The source of the experience

Fechner, Gustav Theodor

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