Schelling, F W J - Abhandlungen zur Erläuterung des Idealismus der Wissenschaftslehre – Matter arises from spirit
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Abhandlungen zur Erläuterung des Idealismus der Wissenschaftslehre, 1796–7, (Essays in Explanation of the Idealism of the Doctrine of Science)– F W J Schelling
Translation Klaus Ottmann
As long as we presuppose matter, that is, assume that it precedes our cognizance, it is not even possible to fully understand what we are talking about. Rather than groping blindly among incomprehensible concepts, instead let us ask what we understand and can understand originarily.
Originarily[sic] we only understand ourselves, and because there are only two conclusions, one that makes matter the principle of spirit, and the other that makes spirit the principle of matter, for those of us seeking to understand ourselves, there remains only one assertion: not that spirit arises from matter but that matter arises from spirit.”