Date of Award

12-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Tyman, Stephen

Abstract

In this paper I have shown the ways in which Schelling thinks through and posits a new conception of freedom. Freedom is reconsidered as the constitutive element of creation, rather than as a derivative property. His investigations into human freedom take into account both a pantheistic world-view and a reconsideration of the meaning of "identity". Specifically, I have shown that Schelling revitalizes these old doctrines in order to maintain their status as living. In this vein we are given over to a reconsideration of the Creation as it relates to freedom. In this paper I focus on Schelling's elaboration on the nature of human freedom and the meeting of necessity and freedom in the person. The "system" of freedom reaches a crucial point in the human being's capacity for good and evil, wherein freedom and necessity intertwine in the will of the individual.

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