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NASS 7: Schelling and Philosophies of Life



For the seventh meeting of the North American Schelling Society: NASS 7

Toronto, Canada



In-Person Meeting: 23-25 May 2022

Virtual Meeting: 30-31 May 2022





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.


NASS also welcomes presentations on any area of Schelling’s philosophy and other topics related to Schelling studies. Papers may be presented in English, French, German or Spanish.



University of New Mexico


We welcome proposals of 500 words for 20-minute papers by 15 December 2021. Please submit proposals in a Word document, including the title of the paper, presenter’s name, degrees earned, institutional affiliation, and email contact information. Please submit proposals to:



Participants for the postponed 2020 meeting who have confirmed attendance based on already-accepted proposals do not need to respond to this CFP.


For more information, see: www.fwjschelling.org               


A .pdf of this CFP is available here. Please feel free to download and distribute the .pdf widely!               

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.



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


In consistency with previous NASS meetings, there will be an excursion for those interested on May 26th. 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..