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The Philosophical Return To Religion And Myth—The Philosophy Of F. W. J. Schelling

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Schelling's religious philosophy developed as a series of systems, each of which merits study in its own right. A serious examination of his total philosophical work must review the separate stages in order, while assessment of his influence also requires acquaintance with the various ideas that he developed in the various stages of his development. This chapter focuses only on some of his principal ideas that sprang up at various stages, but were particularly fertile for Jewish philosophers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It discusses Schelling's point of departure from Kant's and Fichte's philosophies. The beginning of Schelling's religious philosophy of history is rooted in "myth". The phenomenon of myth as a creation of primordial religious culture was the focus of Schelling's interest from the moment that the importance of art was clear to him and he determined that it was superior to philosophy.

Keywords: myth; Schelling's religious philosophy



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