Schellings Theory of Symbolic Language

Hardcover | April 14, 2013

byDaniel Whistler

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This study reconstructs F.W.J. Schelling's philosophy of language based on a detailed reading of SC73 of Schelling's lectures on the Philosophy of Art. Daniel Whistler argues that the concept of the symbol present in this lecture course, and elsewhere in Schelling's writings of the period,provides the key for a non-referential conception of language, where what matters is the intensity at which identity is produced. Such a reconstruction leads Whistler to a detailed analysis of Schelling's system of identity, his grand project of the years 1801 to 1805, which has been continuallyneglected by contemporary scholarship. In particular, Whistler recovers the concepts of quantitative differentiation and construction as central to Schelling's project of the period. This reconstruction also leads to an original reading of the origins of the concept of the symbol in German thought: there is not one "romantic symbol", but a whole plethora of experiments in theorising symbolism taking place at the turn of the nineteenth century. At stake, then, is Schelling as aphilosopher of language, Schelling as a systematiser of identity, and Schelling as a theorist of the symbol.

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This study reconstructs F.W.J. Schelling's philosophy of language based on a detailed reading of SC73 of Schelling's lectures on the Philosophy of Art. Daniel Whistler argues that the concept of the symbol present in this lecture course, and elsewhere in Schelling's writings of the period,provides the key for a non-referential concepti...

Daniel Whistler is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019967373X

ISBN - 13:9780199673735

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I: Context1. The symbol in the Goethezeit2. Language in the GoethezeitII: System3. The symbol and the Identitatssystem4. Schelling's metaphysics5. Quantitative differentiation6. ConstructionIII: Symbol7. SC39 of the Philosophie der Kunst8. Language in the Identitatssystem9. SC73 of the Philosophie der KunstIV: Metaphilosophy10. Science without reference11. Systematic eclecticism