"The Later Schelling's Conception of Dialectical Method, in Contradistinction to Hegel's," in Owl of Minerva, vol. 22, no. 1 (Fall, 1990), pp. 35-54.

by Edward A. Beach

By means of engaging in a metatheoretical comparison of the two thinkers' approaches and analyzing their essential differences, it is possible to pinpoint the sources of their metaphysical as well as epistemological disagreements. I show that, whereas Hegel took his task to be the progressive sublation (Aufhebung) of the logical antinomies that his dialectic would encounter along its way, Schelling was concerned to find the path of conative reproduction (Erzeugung) by which certain universal forms of volition, which he called "potencies" (Potenzen), would sequentially emerge in poses of mutual reinforcement or conflict. Schelling's insistence on the primacy of individuality over universality, existence over essence, and volition over reason issued an important challenge to Hegelian philosophy. The paper concludes with a critical evaluation of the two thinkers' respective methods.