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Schelling's Theory of Symbolic Language
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Schelling's Theory of Symbolic Language: Forming the System of Identity

Daniel Whistler


In this book, Daniel Whistler reconstructs F. W. J. Schelling’s philosophy of language based on a detailed reading of §73 of Schelling’s lectures on the Philosophy of Art. Whistler argues that the concept of the symbol present in this lecture course and elsewhere in Schelling’s writings of the period provides the key for a non-referential conception of language, where what matters is the intensity at which identity is produced. Such a reconstruction leads Whistler to a detailed analysis of Schelling’s system of identity, his grand project of the years 1801 to 1805, which has been continually n ... More

Keywords: language, quantitative difference, symbol, identity, system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673735
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Whistler, author
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool, UK