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NASS 7: Schelling and Philosophies of Life

Join the North American Schelling Society (NASS) for our seventh meeting May 26-28, 2020, in Toronto, Canada.

 

Conference Theme: "Philosophies of Life."

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
 

Image: Zooxanthallae, Nadir Balan 

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 (https://philosophy.unm.edu/people/faculty/profile/adrian-johnston.html ). 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:
https://philosophy.unm.edu/people/faculty/profile/adrian-johnston.html  
 

 

Toronto:
 

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 is co-hosted by York University and the University of Toronto. York University will host the conference on May 26th - May 27th  and the University of Toronto will host the conference on May 28th. Both conference sites 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.

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