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The terrestrial organism (Geological nature) § 338

The primary organism, in so far as it is initially determined as im ­ mediate or im p lic it , is not a l i v i n g e x iste n c e , for as subject

and process, life is essentially a se lf-m ed iatin g activity. Regarded

from the standpoint o f subjective life, the first moment o f p a r -

5 tic u la r iz a tio n is that the organism converts itself into its own

p re su p p o sitio n , and so assumes the mode o f im m e d ia c y ,

in which it co n fro n ts itself with its condition and outer sub­

sistence. The inward r e c o lle c tio n o f the Idea o f nature as sub­

jective life, and still more as spiritual life, is b a s ic a lly d iv id e d

10 between itself and this unprocessive immediacy. This im m e d ia te

t o t a l i t y p r e s u p p o s e d b y su b jective t o t a l i t y , is s im p ly th e

shape o f th e o r g a n is m ; as the u n iv e r sa l system o f individual

bodies, it is the te rre stria l b o d y .