North American Schelling Society: NASS 8

Tomorrow - May 25, 2024
Gonzaga University

502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane 99258
United States

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NASS 8: Controversial Schelling

The 8th Conference of the North American Schelling Society will be held May 22-25, 2024, at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

We are seeking papers that, although sympathetic to F.W.J. Schelling’s thought, employ him to critique or broaden the canon, or to argue for claims that run contrary to canonical positions. We are also looking for papers that critique Schelling’s philosophy, or advance it beyond where he himself had taken it or beyond where the canonical view of Schelling takes it, as we do not wish simply to venerate our figure of choice and so enter an echo chamber. We are also open to provocative and controversial, even scandalous arguments.

Was Schelling himself open to controversy? How does Schelling disrupt the canon? For example, is he a German Idealist or a German Realist? How does his account of non-Western thought potentially disrupt the canon? Whom is he reading and who is reading him that falls outside the canon? What is or might be the relationship between Schelling’s thought and French Spiritualism, anarchistic thought, feminist thought, etc.?

How does Schelling’s thought confirm or disrupt disciplinary boundaries? For example, does Schelling even have a political philosophy? Can he be used to imagine new political philosophies? Does Schelling have an ethics or engage in applied ethics? How is Schelling  heretical? For example, does he contravene religious orthodoxy, historical orthodoxy, or methodological orthodoxy? Is Schelling an environmentalist or is that anachronistic?

Does Schelling hold positions that do not seem tenable today? For example, what are his thoughts on phrenology and native peoples? How does he imagine interfaith dialogue? How do we engage with aspects of his work that might make us uncomfortable today?

Does Schelling hold any positions of great valor ... but which are nevertheless insufficient in other ways or even untrue? E.g., what is his account of progress? Are the true, the good and the beautiful the same or potentially disparate?

As always, all abstracts relevant to the thought of Schelling will be considered, but we particularly encourage those that address the conference theme of engaging in critical dialogue with Schelling.

Please send your abstract of no more than 400 words and prepared for blind review to [email protected] by 1 November, 2023. Acceptances will be announced by 15 December, 2023. All participants must be active members of NASS in order to appear in the conference program.

Conference fee: 50 USD [70 CAD] for faculty and 30 USD [40 CAD] for students.

To present at NASS 8, you must also be a member of NASS. For further details on NASS membership fees, please consult: As a reminder to those who have not yet paid their 2023 fees: those who pay their membership fees before the publication of Kabiri 4 in fall of 2023 will have their names printed at the back of the fourth volume of Kabiri (2023) as the first supporting members of the society!

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