Schelling's criticism of Kant's theory of time

Wong Kwok Kui*

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This paper aims at engaging Kant's and Schelling's theories of time in dialogue. It begins with Schelling's famous criticism of Kant's theory of time in his Weltalter (Ages of the World). It will examine this question from four main perspectives, namely the unity of time; time and a unitary object of experience; subjectivity of time; and the problem of infinity of time. It will show that Schelling's criticism may instigate some fundamental reflections on Kant's theory of time, the relation between objective and subjective time, and the possibilities of connecting Kant's different meanings of time in his first Critique. Further, it will show that despite the fundamental differences between Kant's and Schelling's philosophical systems, some of Schelling's ideas about time may have their earlier expressions in Kant. While Schelling has gone further and radicalized some insights from Kant in his own version of idealism, his criticism of Kant may find possible responses from the latter's first Critique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-102
Number of pages20
JournalIdealistic Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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