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Continental Realism and Its Discontents$
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Marie-Eve Morin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.001.0001

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The Ecstatic Realism of the Late Schelling

The Ecstatic Realism of the Late Schelling

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(p.38) Chapter 2 The Ecstatic Realism of the Late Schelling
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Continental Realism and Its Discontents
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Sean J. McGrath

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.003.0003

This chapter extracts from the philosophy of the late Schelling, a form of realism called ‘ecstatic realism’. After providing an overview of Schelling’s role in the rise and fall of German idealism, it turns to Schelling’s interpretation of kenosis and its corresponding ontology. It shows that the presupposition of Schelling’s ecstatic realism is an idealism that renounces itself, and can only do so because it necessarily asserts itself at the expense of the real. This dynamic defines the paradoxical relation of negative and positive philosophy in Schelling’s late writings and offers an alternative to the either/or of idealism or realism gripping contemporary debates about correlationism.

Keywords:   Schelling, ecstasy, realism, positive philosophy, correlationism, German idealism

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