Negativity and Unity - an Ontological preoccupation in Schelling's Weltalter,III

  • Fabricio Pontin Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PNPD-CAPES)


The purpose of this essay to identify an Ontological turn from Schelling's Treatise on the Essence of Human Freedom into the third draft of the Ages of the World. Our initial analysis will focus on Heidegger's take on the Treatise , arguing that indeed the onto-theological critique advanced by Heidegger is not only a defensible, but necessary conclusion of the strategy undertaken by Schelling in that text.  Further, we analyze  Weltalter III, where Schelling changes his strategy of description of the World, and organizes the creation in three different potencies of contraction, expansion and unity that follow and eventually overlap each other.  These reconsiderations of the phenomena of time and freedom allow for the identification of an ontological turn in Schelling, one that is marked by the constant reference to negativity and despair as grounding, and affirmation and love as grounded. These forces of grounding and grounded forces which are later on unified in an ontological unity of potencies. 


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Main texts:

HEIDEGGER, M. Schelling's Treatise on the Essence of Human Freedom. Translated by Joan Stambaugh. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1999

SCHELLING, F. Philosophical Inquiries into the Nature of Human Freedom. Translated by James Gutmann. La Salle: Open Court, 1992

SCHELLING, F. The Ages of the World (Fragment) Third Version (c.1895). Translated by Jason M. Wirth. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Secondary texts:

AGAMBEN, G. Il linguaggio e la morte. Un seminario sul luogo della negatività. Torino: Giulio Einaudi, 1982.

AGAMBEN, G. Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy. Translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.

HEIDEGGER, M. Nietzsche Volume One: The Will to Power as Art. Translated by David Farrell Krell. San Franciso: Harper, 1991.

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Pontin, F. (2017). Negativity and Unity - an Ontological preoccupation in Schelling’s Weltalter,III. Intuitio, 10(2), 07-20.
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