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Schelling's substantive reinterpretation of the transcendental turn: beyond method

Gardner, S; (2019) Schelling's substantive reinterpretation of the transcendental turn: beyond method. British Journal for the History of Philosophy , 27 (2) pp. 271-292. 10.1080/09608788.2018.1471661. Green open access

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Abstract

Several factors, including but not limited to his investments in Naturphilosophie and Spinoza, make it hard to determine the extent to which Schelling remains on track with Kant’s transcendental project. My aim here is to isolate Schelling’s conception of transcendental method in the first decade of his philosophical development, a topic that has received little direct and extended discussion. Schelling’s 1800 System of Transcendental Idealism stands out as of particular importance, but no single text can be regarded as Schelling’s definitive statement of his views on the question of method in his early period, necessitating a diachronic approach. I argue that, though in important respects Schelling’s concerns diverge from those of Kant and Fichte, Schelling should not be regarded as abandoning the transcendental framework, and is best understood as attempting to work out what is involved at the original point of adoption of the transcendental standpoint. This entails, I argue, exchanging transcendental philosophy’s claim to a distinctive method for a substantive interpretation of the transcendental turn.

Type: Article
Title: Schelling's substantive reinterpretation of the transcendental turn: beyond method
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09608788.2018.1471661
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2018.1471661
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Fichte, Kant, Naturphilosophie, Schelling, transcendental
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045438
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