Schelling is one of the four masters of German classical aesthetics. He was not only a transitional figure from Kant to Hegel, but also departed from the continental tradition of rational determinism to embark on ontology. For the first time, he proposed the concept of ontological “philosophy of art,” and constructed art under the principle of the “philosophy of identity.” His research focused on the ontological philosophy of mythology, which regarded myth as the absolute poetry. His Philosophy of Art creates a sublime view of tragedy, which regards the spiritual sublimation resulting from the tragic protagonist’s voluntary punishment as the ultimate goal. Schelling advocated the ideas of “nature as subject” and “holistic” natural aesthetics. His aesthetics and artistic thoughts transcend times and have far-reaching influence on future generations.


Schelling, ontological aesthetics, philosophy of art, sublime view of tragedy, philosophy of mythology

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