reading list of recent Schelling scholarship

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (January 27...
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (January 27, 1775 – August 20, 1854)

I’ll be working on a comprehensive examination this summer on the recent resurgence of Schelling in continental philosophy. Jason Wirth recently published a short article on this resurgence.

Below is the beginnings of  a reading list for the comp. exam. My goal is to focus on contemporary scholarship (last 10-15 years), but a slightly older text that breaks new ground would also be welcome. By “breaks new ground,” I mean I am after Schellingian scholarship that approaches Schelling’s project as unique among the other German thinkers of his age, rather than simply placing him between Fichte and Hegel as some sort of bridge figure.

Here is my list. Please let me know if you know of any other titles that seem relevant!

Beiser, Frederick. German Idealism: The Struggle Against Subjectivism (2008).

Bowie, Andrew. Schelling and Modern European Philosophy (1994).

Freydberg, Bernard. Schelling’s Dialogical Freedom Essay: Provocative Philosophy Then and Now (2009).

Krell, David Farrell. The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God (2005).

Grant, Iain Hamilton. Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2008).

Lauer, Christopher. The Suspension of Reason in Hegel and Schelling (2012).

Matthews, Bruce. Schelling’s Organic Form of Philosophy (2011).

McGrath, S.J. The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious (2011).

Norman, Judith; Welchman, Allstair, eds. New Schelling (2004).

Richards, Robert J. The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe (2004).

Pinkard, Terry. German Philosophy 1760-1860: The Legacy of Idealism (2002).

Snow, Dale. E. Schelling and the End of Idealism (1996).

Thomas, William. The Finitudes of God: Notes on Schelling’s Handwritten Remains (2002).

Wirth, Jason. The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and His Time (2003).

Wirth, Jason, ed. Schelling Now: Contemporary Readings (2004).

Zizek, Slavoj. The Invisible Remainder: On Schelling and Related Matters (2007).


  1. Beach, Edgar Allen. The Potencies of God: Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology (1994). A fine study.

  2. Devin Shaw, ‘Freedom and Nature in Schelling’s Philosophy of Art’ (New York: Continuum, 2011)

  3. Matt,
    The above reference was from me, no idea why wordpress signed me into a non-existent blog (I had tried wordpress ages ago – but didn’t like it so switched to blogger).

    One quick thought: not that you need to bring in more to your dissertation, but there is some work out there on Schelling and Peirce that you may consider – especially with respect to the role of the imagination and play. Looking at both philosophers together may simply emphasize those elements that you want in Schelling and you can extract that alone. I know that you are focusing on contemporary scholarship but perhaps just looking at it may be helpful. Googling the two together (Schelling and Peirce) won’t turn up much but what you do find should be sufficent.

    Also there is this guy who wrote a book called ‘Charles Sanders Peirce and Religious Metaphysics of Nature.’ In the book there is a chapter on Schelling and Peirce with some decent emphasis on some of the topics that you are working on, it is radical scholarship and is pretty compact, breaks fresh ground, dialogues abit with process philosophy and metaphysical realism. It’s a great book (from what I hear) and used copies are available on

    Leon/after nature

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