Single Idea 22045

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / d. Absolute idealism]

Full Idea

Schelling never lost his youthful conviction that any metaphysics had to be an explication of the 'absolute' as something that went beyond both subjective and objective points of view.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics aims at the Absolute, which goes beyond subjective and objective viewpoints


report of Friedrich Schelling (Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature [1799]) by Terry Pinkard - German Philosophy 1760-1860 12

Book Reference

Pinkard,Terry: 'German Philosophy 1760-1860' [CUP 2002], p.325

A Reaction

Even for a scientific and analytic modern philosopher there must be a target of an ideal account that includes human subjectivity within an objective view of the world. Even Mysterians like McGinn would like that.

Related Idea

Idea 22032 Fichte's key claim was that the subjective-objective distinction must itself be subjective [Fichte, by Pinkard]