Schelling’s Late Political Philosophy: Lectures 22-24 of the Presentation of the Purely Rational Philosophy

Kyla Bruff

Abstract


From approximately 1847 until the end of his life in 1854, Schelling wrote on a range of philosophical topics with the ultimate goal of explicating a purely rational philosophy, particularly as it relates to mythology, religion and revelation. The notes and fragments from this period were assembled by Schelling’s son, K.F.A. Schelling, in a collection of 24 lectures known as the Presentation of the Purely Rational Philosophy. While the importance of this work for the development of Schelling’s negative and positive philosophy is well-known, the significance of the political content which appears near the end of the lecture series has been largely ignored. This could be in part attributable to the heavy hand that K.F.A had in composing the final lecture of the series. Specifically, Lecture 24, in which Schelling gives his final word on the state and the monarchy, was written based on fragments but also on conversations that K.F.A. and his brother Hermann had had with their father.


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