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But since self-observation and observation by others always remain unsatisfactory, psychology must try to discover the connections o f inner perceptions via som e thing that is not directly given in perception. ”67 T he most im portant annex that is not part o f the facts— but that Herbart believed it was necessary to presuppose— is the existence o f a substance (a su b stantial being) w hose states w e are aware o f as the facts o f consciousness. Here Herbart was guided b y his desire to define the nature o f ego o r the self.
Life and consciousness are o f minimal significance. In contrast, philosophy o f nature exchanged “soulless mechanism” for an “ animated organ ism,” trying to understand and explain the phenom ena and the progress o f life and consciousness within the context o f the organic world. A n early, radical version o f this kind o f philosophy o f nature was most co n sistently staked out and elaborated by Lorenz Oken (1779-1851). He lacked all restraint in exploiting the fam ous and infam ous vernacular o f the philosophy o f nature.
9-' T he latter became a lecturer at the university in Leipzig in 1828 and a professor for philosophy there in 1845. He endorsed a sort o f speculative theism, adopting elements o f Hegel’s philoso phy, w hile simultaneously vehemently rejecting other parts o f it, thereby achiev ing its own originality. T he second important representative o f late idealism was Immanuel Hermann Fichte (1797-1879), son o f the philosopher Johann G ottlieb Fichte and professor o f philosophy at Bonn and Tübingen.