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Nature and Realism in Schelling’s Philosophy

Emilio Carlo Corriero
Andrea Dezi

The Necessity of Contingency in the Late Philosophies of Schelling and Heidegger

Emilio Carlo Corriero

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When, in 1936, Heidegger states that a new beginning for western philosophy can only derive from the understanding of the dual failure of Schelling and Nietzsche, he emphasises that the crisis of the philosophical-rational project of modernity, which reached its peak in Hegel’s system, allows the definition of a philosophical form that considers the ways of Being in their historical context insofar as they derive from a source that is always free and indefinable, and escapes any reduction of an ontotheological type. This philosophical form will take shape of the Ereignis in Heidegger’s late theories, but it was already foreshadowed in the free dynamics of Nietzschean Wille zur Macht1 and in the Schellingian form of Absolute as such.

It is known that Heidegger dedicated a seminar to Schelling’s Philosophische Untersuchungen über das Wesen der menschlichen Freiheit (Philosophical Inquires into the Essence of Human Freedom) in Marburg in 1927-28 (immediately after the public...


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).