The fifth annual meeting of the North American Schelling Society took place at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City from February 21-25. Its theme was "Schelling: Crisis and Critique."
The rationale for this theme was that Schelling emphasizes the connection between the critical method and the notion of crisis as separation, decision, and judgment. He realizes that crisis is constitutive of the critical enterprise and of philosophy in general. It is perhaps no coincidence that Schelling also recognized the profound crisis of the idealist project that he had grounded and sought to find new philosophical approaches that would respond to the crisis of rational science.
The aim of the conference was to think about the connection between crisis and critique, both in philosophy and in a general sense. Papers that address these notions in Schelling’s thought are welcome. Furthermore, Schelling’s thought often defines itself through the critique of other philosophers and in contrast to them, as characterizes the fabric of debates we now call German Idealism. This was the main perspective for many contributions. As always, a wide selection of other papers were presented which aimed to bring Schelling into contemporary discussions to show how Schelling’s thought might be relevant, both historically and systematically.