Analysis of evil in Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift through Heidegger’s account of dissemblance and Αλήθεια

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Abstract

In this paper, I offer an analysis of evil in Friedrich W. J. Schelling’s Philosophische Untersuchungen über das Wesen der menschlichen Freiheit (1809). Schelling develops an account of the sui-genesis of God out of the two principles. These principles are 1) the dark ground (dunkler Grund) that belongs to God and 2) the self-revelation of God, who actualizes the dark ground, which grounds God antecedently. These two principles also contain in themselves the possibility and the intelligibility of the human world. In order to elucidate the ontological account of the possibility of evil in Schelling, I turn to Martin Heidegger’s analyses of Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift and especially to Heidegger’s account of self-will (Eigenwille) and put these analyses in conversation with Heidegger’s own thinking about αλήθεια. I establish a conceptual affinity between Schelling’s presentation of the dark ground, which for him is the ground of selfhood, and Heidegger’s insights into the prioricity of concealment (Verborgenheit).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-115
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Philosophy and Theology
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Freedom
  • God
  • truth
  • unground
  • will

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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