Here you will find announcements and news related to upcoming Schelling events and publications.
The Canadian Chair of NASS, Sean J. McGrath, gave the following two Schelling talks online in November.
The first talk, "The Late Schelling’s Critique of Idealism and Why it Still Matters," was hosted by the Royal Institute for Philosophy at Keele University, Nov. 9, 2021.
The second talk, "Sophia and Sophiology: From Boehme to Schelling," was hosted by Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions, on Nov. 15, 2021
The abstracts of both talks are included below.
The Late Schelling’s Critique of Idealism and Why it Still Matters
Tuesday 9 November 2021, 1 pm EST
Hosted by the Royal Institute for Philosophy at Keele University
The late Schelling is famous for having rejected the idealism characteristic of his early period, and giving impetus to the rise of Marxism and existentialism. But Schelling does not regard idealism as accidental to the philosophical project. On the contrary, he regards idealism in all its forms, subjective, objective, or ‘absolute’ (i.e., Hegelian), as necessary to achieving a philosophically adequate realism. Idealism makes the implicit content of reason explicit, but for this very reason, it has only a negative relation to reality. Such a position has never been more relevant than today, when philosophy is divided equally between rationalism and obscurantism.
Sophia and Sophiology: From Boehme to Schelling
15 November 2021, 5 pm EST
Hosted by Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions.
Jacob Boehme may have been the first to have developed the Old Testament figure of Sophia, Yahweh’s eternal partner of Proverbs 8, into a metaphysical doctrine of divine androgyny. Beginning in his 1809 Freedom Essay, and continuing through to his 1841 Philosophy of Revelation, Schelling repeatedly returned to the Boehmian figure of Sophia, insisting that she was more than mere metaphor. Boehme's sophiology, according to Schelling, advanced a crucial metaphysical point, one that is as relevant to the philosophy of religion of today as it was 150 years ago.
Professor Tanehisa Otabe gave a lecture to the NASS community on May 19, 2021.
The North American Schelling Society is pleased to host Professor Tanehisa Otabe of the University of Tokyo, who will be giving a talk virtually on "Schelling in Japan" on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 3 p.m. PST, 6pm EST, 7:30 p.m. NST.
Professor Tanehisa Otabe is the foremost authority on aesthetics and Romantic philosophy in Japan today and the former President of the Japanese Schelling Society. Professor Otabe is the author of ten books—six singled-authored—covering a variety of topics, from the history of Western aesthetics to contemporary art theory.
As the NASS 7 conference, originally scheduled for this May in Toronto, has been postponed to 2022, Professor Otabe's talk will provide a rich and fruitful occasion for the international Schelling community to come together online. In particular, this event offers NASS an occasion to meet with the Japanese Schelling society, as was originally planned for NASS Toronto, and will now happen in 2022.
Professor Otabe is also scheduled to deliver the George Story Lecture virtually to the Memorial University community the following day. This event is open to the public and the NASS community is encouraged to attend. On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3 p.m. PST, 6pm EST, 7:30 p.m. NST, he will speak on "Aesthetic Disinterestedness: Kant, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, and Duchamp."
To receive the Zoom link and password for both events please register at https://forms.gle/Xp7fjqKMMYibeWWV9. All are warmly invited!
Sean McGrath, Canadian Chair of the North American Schelling Society, with Tanehisa Otabe, Professor of Aesthetics
at the University of Tokyo and former President of the Japanese Schelling Society, at the entrance to the University of Tokyo.
New Project: Electronic Hybrid Edition of Schelling's Berlin Philosophy of Revelation (1841-1845) at the University of Vienna led by Dr. Christian Danz
In this hybrid edition project funded by the FWF (Austria), Schelling’s (1775-1854) Berlin Lectures on ‘Philosophy of Revelation (1841-45)’ will be made accessible to research in a text-critical edition at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Vienna (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Danz). The project is the basis for two further modules dedicated to the digital edition of the ‘Berlin Schelling’:
Module 1: Schelling’s Berlin Philosophy of Revelation (1841-1845)
Module 2: Schelling’s Berlin Philosophy of Mythology (1842-1846)
Module 3: Schelling’s Berlin Exposition of the Negative or Purely Rational Philosophy (1846-1854)
Despite his importance and influence, there is still no reliable text-critical edition of Schelling's late works available to researchers. Likewise, Schelling’s extensive partial estate, which is kept in the BBAW archives, has not yet been accessible to research. The posthumous edition of the late works by his son Karl Friedrich August Schelling cannot make up for this deficit.
The project “Electronic Hybrid Edition ‘Schelling’s Berlin Philosophy of Revelation (1841-1845)’” addresses this serious desideratum of research and creates for the first time a digital text-critical and work-genetic edition of the Berlin Philosophy of Revelation. The scientific goal of the project is to break up the monolithic structure of the Philosophy of Revelation in the Sämmtliche Werke and to scientifically reconstruct its work and text-historical development. The project realizes this by means of a digital database-based open-access edition in the edition environment ediarum. Schelling’s late major work Philosophy of Revelation is still subject to further development during his time in Berlin from 1841 to 1854. This is precisely what the version of the Sämmtliche Werke hides, suggesting an inner closure of the text. Only a text-genetic edition, which will make the work-historical development of the Philosophy of Revelation just as transparent as its complex debate-historical context, will make a precise decoding of his late philosophy possible, which leads to revising classical patterns of interpretation of the philosophical development of the 19th century. In this way, the Berlin Philosophy of Revelation can be used to show how Schelling not only initiated the historiographical thrusts in the sciences that began in the middle of the century, but also productively takes them up himself in his late work.
This work will be carried out in three interlocking pillars: a. digital open-access edition, b. scholarly indexing, and c. print edition.
Project management: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Danz
Project staff: Dr. Christopher Arnold
Dr. Michael Hackl
Mag. Bernhard Lasser
Co-operation partner: Internationale Schelling-Gesellschaft e.V.
An original scan of one of the Schelling manuscripts on which the project team is currently working
Call for Papers – Journal: “Schelling-Studien” 9 (2021)
NASS Co-Chair Sean McGrath spoke at the Japanese Schelling Society Meeting
The Canadian Chair of the North American Schelling Society Sean McGrath was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Japanese Schelling Society in Toyama, Japan, on the 6th of July 2019.
NASS expects to welcome a group of scholars from Japan at our next meeting, scheduled for Toronto in May 2020.
On March 20, 2019, NASS Co-Chairs Sean McGrath and Jason Wirth, along with Treasurer Kyla Bruff, discussed the Freedom Essay with Dr. Owen Ware's PHL2084 class at the University of Toronto. It was a fruitful and stimulating event!