Jason Wirth’s Schelling’s Practice of the Wild: Time, Art, Imagination // reviewed at NDPR

Time to dust off the weblog and get it going again. Jason, who was here for our nature conference, has come out with another book, which is not just on a theory but a practice of being “wild.” (Let’s hope SUNY can get a paperback out relatively soon.) Here’s a paragraph from the review and you can read the first chapter here:

Following the later Schelling, Wirth divides Schelling’s philosophical itinerary into two periods, that of negative philosophy (the Naturphilosophie and earlier) and that of positive philosophy whose themes were foreshadowed in the Ages of the World (1815) and the Freedom essay (1809) and developed in the later works on revelation and mythology (the Berlin lectures, 1842-43). He sees the task of negative philosophy as overcoming the alienation of nature found in modern philosophy by intuiting “the infinite within the finite and . . . the ungrounded ground from which thinking arises” (118) while pointing out that it cannot account for the sovereign life of imagination, natura naturans. Positive philosophy displaces pure reason in favor of the cognition of actual experience and denies that the ungrounded ground is simply an abstraction (223). It provides a careful genealogy of past experience and a vigorous discernment of the present, and affirms the coming into the finite of the infinite as something found in the creativity of inspired living art.

Source: Schelling’s Practice of the Wild: Time, Art, Imagination // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame