Ideas of Friedrich Schelling, by Theme

[German, 1775 - 1854, Studied at Tübingen. Friend of Hegel. Professor at Jena from 1798. Then moved around, ending at the University of Berlin.]

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7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / c. Becoming
Being is only perceptible to itself as becoming
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / d. Absolute idealism
For Schelling the Absolute spirit manifests as nature in which self-consciousness evolves [Lewis,PB]
Metaphysics aims at the Absolute, which goes beyond subjective and objective viewpoints [Pinkard]
We must show that the whole of nature, because it is effective, is grounded in freedom
Schelling always affirmed the absolute status of freedom [Courtine]
16. Persons / B. Nature of the Self / 4. Presupposition of Self
The basis of philosophy is the Self prior to experience, where it is the essence of freedom
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 2. Sources of Free Will
Only idealism has given us the genuine concept of freedom
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / g. Will to power
Ultimately, all being is willing. The nature of primal being is the same as the nature of willing
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character
We don't choose our characters, yet we still claim credit for the actions our characters perform
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 1. Nature
Schelling sought a union between the productivities of nature and of the mind [Bowie]
Schelling made organisms central to nature, because mere mechanism could never produce them [Pinkard]