Schelling’s Understanding of Laozi

Kwok Kui WONG*

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This article examines Schelling’s understanding of Laozi 老子. It begins with Schelling’s reception of Laozi’s text and its translation. The main part of this article focuses on Schelling’s discussion of Laozi in his Philosophy of Mythology. It then compares some of the key concepts mentioned in Schelling’s comments and their respective counterparts in Laozi: nothingness and wu 無, portal and abyss, reason and dao 道, name and concept, nature and ziran 自然, and so on, and analyzes the possible reasons for his sympathetic understanding of Laozi as against his own philosophical system. The main argument is that Schelling’s romantic tendency means that he can have an alternative understanding of Laozi. Finally it concludes with a few remarks on the differences between Schelling and Laozi in terms of their philosophical systems and methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-520
Number of pages18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Abyss
  • Dao 道
  • Intuition
  • Nature
  • Nothingness
  • Reason


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