NASS 7: Schelling and Philosophies of Life

The Organizing Committee for NASS 7 Toronto 2020 has taken the decision not to proceed with the NASS meeting in May 2021.

We are postponing the meeting rather than cancelling it. We plan to hold the NASS 7 conference in Toronto on Schelling's Philosophy of Life in May 2022. All accepted participants will be invited to attend based on already submitted proposals. We hope that you will be able to participate.


NASS will, however, host a special event this May featuring a prominent speaker. Details will be
forthcoming shortly.

The news for postponing NASS will not be unexpected, given the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic around the world and increasing travel restrictions. No one yet knows the timeline for COVID-19, but given recent developments, we do not see how we can go ahead with the NASS conference this May.

Once the current crisis settles down and we can see the way forward clearly, we will be in touch with more concrete plans.

We are very disappointed that we will not be meeting in May to engage in conversations over Schelling and related matters. The consequences of this pandemic reach far beyond our academic worlds, however, with troubling affects on the lives and livelihoods of so many. We write also with deep concern about the events making this postponement of NASS necessary.

Schelling’s philosophy can be regarded as a philosophy of life. Life is presented in expansive and diverse ways in his many works. Schelling’s nature philosophy gives prominence to organic life. Yet his emphasis on the productivity or activity of nature draws our attention to the dynamic vitality of all natural phenomena. Many value Schelling’s work for its rich openings to spiritual life or the life of the mind. His appeal to the Weltseele suggests a co-constitution of nature and spirit. Some read his philosophy as a conspiracy of life, and others as having an asystasy, and as exposing the tensions or exceptions at the heart of philosophical systems. His restless philosophizing can be regarded as characterized by a vital productivity. Schelling’s philosophy of life might be read in many ways. All readings are welcomed for the seventh meeting of the North American Schelling Society.

Link: Call for Proposals

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Keynote Speaker: Adrian Johnston

Chair of and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta ( ). Adrian Johnston is the author of  a number of important books on Lacan, Žižek, Badiou and Hegel, books which address contemporary issues in philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, materialist theory, neuroscience and political theory. His current research interests have turned to Schelling’s nature philosophy.

See Adrian Johnston's website here:  



The organizers of NASS 2020 look forward to welcoming you to Toronto, one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world.


The conference venues are York University and the Jackman Humanities Institute. Conference sessions and the keynote will take place at York University on May 26th - May 27th,  and at the Jackman Humanities Institute on May 28th. Both conference venues are well connected by subway, and will introduce you to different areas of Toronto.


In consistency with previous NASS meetings, there will be an excursion for those interested on May 29th. This excursion will be to the beautiful Toronto Islands, which offer a spectacular view of the city, as well as an array of activities from bird watching and beaches on the northern and eastern stretches to paved walks through the eccentric neighbourhoods of the island residential communities.