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Atemporal essence and existential freedom in schelling

Alderwick, Charlotte



© 2014 BSHP. Although it is clear in Schelling's Freiheitsschrift that he takes an agent's atemporal choice between good and evil to be central to understanding human freedom, there is no consensus in the literature and no adequate account of how to understand this choice. Further, the literature fails to render intelligible how existential freedom is possible in the light of this atemporal choice. I demonstrate that, despite their differences, the dominant accounts in the literature are all guilty of these failings and argue that this is due to their misunderstanding of Schelling's conception of the relationship between essence and form. After outlining what I take Schelling's account of this relationship to be, I return to the Freiheitsschrift to demonstrate that with this account in mind we can make intelligible Schelling's claims about the agent's atemporal act, and the possibility of existential freedom on his account. 2014


Alderwick, C. (2015). Atemporal essence and existential freedom in schelling. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 23(1), 115-137.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 13, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 11, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2016
Journal British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Print ISSN 0960-8788
Electronic ISSN 1469-3526
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 115-137
Keywords Schelling, Freiheitsschrift, freedom
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