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The Political Theology of Schelling

Saitya Brata Das

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A rigorous examination of Schelling's theologico-political works, set against his contemporary, Hegel

Saitya Brata Das rigorously examines the theologico-political works of F. W. J. von Schelling and sets his thought against Hegel's more dominant approach. He argues that Schelling inaugurates a new thinking outside of Occidental metaphysics, by a paradoxical manner of exit, which prepares for the post-metaphysical philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Franz Rosenzweig and Jacques Derrida.

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Preface by Gérard Bensussan


1. Actuality without Potentiality

2. The Rhythm of History

3. The Beatific Life

4. The Irreducible Remainder

5. The Non-Sovereign Exception

6. The Tragic Dissonance



About the Author

Saitya Brata Das teaches philosophy and literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is a former Post-Doctorate Fellow at UFR Philosophie, Université de Marc Bloch at Strasbourg (France).


This important book represents a sea-change in our understanding of Schelling. Das shows how Schelling’s positive philosophy is already part of Schelling’s thought from early on, and his interpretation develops Schelling’s "actuality without potentiality" in the context of modern and contemporary political theology. A major achievement!

- Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas

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