‘The Philosophy of F.W.J. Schelling: History, System, and Freedom’ by Werner Marx

Published by Indiana University Press in 1984.

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The figure of Schelling, prince of the romantics, has been too long overshadowed by that of Hegel, no doubt for more than one historical or doctrinal reason. It is heartening, therefore, to perceive the growing interest in recapturing a realization and appreciation of the unique thought of this most genial thinker, and to welcome with gratitude Werner Marx’s application of his very considerable interpretative skill to this important task.

If the three fellow students at the Tübingen seminary—Hölderlin, Hegel, and Schelling—swore eternal loyalty to the great ideal of the French revolution, freedom, the remainder of their intellectual and spiritual life was indeed devoted to the development of their individually different visions of its meaning. For the two philosophers the task became that of grasping the nature and reality of freedom within the context of necessity, a necessity laid down in the structure of life and history previously interpreted by means of the teleo-logical ideas of classic Greco-Roman thought and the Hebraic-Christian religious tradition, that entire onto-theo-logical tradition with which in more recent times Heidegger and those who have followed after him have found themselves at one and the same time pervaded and embattled.

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