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Nature and Realism in Schelling’s Philosophy

Emilio Carlo Corriero
Andrea Dezi


From Nature to…

Emilio Carlo Corriero et Andrea Dezi

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In recent years the international philosophical debate around the so-called ‘new’ realism has undoubtedly aroused renewed interest in the philosophical positions of Schelling, an author who right in the midst of the philosophical project of German Idealism, forcefully insinuated the natural-realistic objection, leading to a breakaway towards contemporary thinking, that later took shape in the various expressions of philosophy of existence, constituting a continuous theoretical resource both for the materialistic theories and for the philosophy of existentialism.1

It could certainly be asserted that the renewed interest in Schelling’s philosophy lies mainly in the reconsideration of the theories that, in an attempt to overcome the Kantian transcendentalism within the philosophical project of German Idealism, later determined a ‘realistic’ position that is, all things considered, irreducible to the absolute idealism of Hegel’s philosophy.

The present ontological realism, even in its man...


Research Fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici of Naples and adjunct Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Turin. In his works he has evidenced the philosophical affinities between Schelling and Nietzsche, and he is currently completing a book on the Ground after Heidegger. Amongst his books Vertigini della Ragione. Schelling e Nietzsche (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2008) Volontà d’amore. L’estremo comando della volontà di potenza (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2011), Libertà e Conflitto. Da Heidegger a Schelling, per un’ontologia dinamica (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2012).

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Teramo in Italy, he teaches Theoretical Philosophy at the F. M. Dostoevskij State University of Omsk (Russia). He discusses some physical and metaphysical aspects of Schelling’s ontology in Potenza e Realtà (Mimesis, 2013). His translations include the Italian version of Schelling’s System der gesammten Philosophie und der Naturphilosophie insbesondere (1804).