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Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
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Schelling by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1835
Born (1775-01-27)27 January 1775
Leonberg, Württemberg, Holy Roman Empire
Died 20 August 1854(1854-08-20) (aged 79)
Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Education Tübinger Stift, University of Tübingen
(1790–1795: M.A., 1792; PhD, 1795)
Leipzig University
(1797; no degree)
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
German idealism
Post-Kantian transcendental idealism (before 1800)
Objective idealism
Absolute idealism (after 1800)
Naturphilosophie (a combination of transcendental realism and transcendental naturalism)
Jena Romanticism
Romanticism in science
Correspondence theory of truth
Institutions University of Jena
University of Würzburg
University of Erlangen
University of Munich
University of Berlin
Thesis De Marcione Paulinarum epistolarum emendatore (On Marcion as emendator of the Pauline letters) (1795)
Doctoral advisors Gottlob Christian Storr
Main interests
Naturphilosophie, natural science, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, Christian philosophy
Notable ideas
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Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling ( 27 January 1775 – 20 August 1854), later (after 1812) von Schelling, was a German philosopher. Standard histories of philosophy make him the midpoint in the development of German idealism, situating him between Johann Gottlieb Fichte, his mentor in his early years, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, his one-time university roommate, early friend, and later rival. Interpreting Schelling's philosophy is regarded as difficult because of its evolving nature.

Schelling's thought in the main has been neglected, especially in the English-speaking world. An important factor in this was the ascendancy of Hegel, whose mature works portray Schelling as a mere footnote in the development of idealism. Schelling's Naturphilosophie also has been attacked by scientists for its tendency to analogize and lack of empirical orientation. However, some later philosophers have shown interest in re-examining Schelling's body of work.

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