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To Break All Finite Spheres: Bliss, the Absolute I, and the End of the World in Schelling’s 1795 Metaphysics

Kabiri: Journal of the North American Schelling Society. 2019. Vol. 2.

"The ultimate end goal of the finite I and the not-I, i.e., the end goal of the world," writes Schelling in Of the I as the Principle of Philosophy, "is its annihilation as a world, i.e., as the exemplification of finitude" (SW I: 200-1). In this paper, I explicate this statement and its theoretical stakes in Schelling's 1795 writings: Of the I and Philosophical Letters on Dogmatism and Criticism, written later in the same year, in relation to what Schelling proclaims to be the central problem of all philosophy: the existence of the world (Dasein der Welt).