Conference: Philosophies of Nature: Schelling and his Contemporaries

Philosophies of Nature: Schelling and his Contemporaries

A Workshop for Postgraduates and Early-Career Researchers

University of Liverpool, 14th–16th June 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dalia Nassar, University of Sydney

Call for Participation

We invite applications for participation in a workshop devoted to investigating the philosophies of nature of F.W.J. Schelling and his contemporaries. Over a course of three days in June, participants will take part in a series of close readings and discussions of extracts by Schelling, Goethe and Eschenmayer. In addition, there will be a keynote lecture by Dalia Nassar, author of The Romantic Absolute (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Texts under discussion

F.W.J. Schelling, First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature

F.W.J. Schelling, On the True Concept of Philosophy of Nature

J.W. Goethe, The Metamorphosis of Plants

K.A. Eschenmayer, Spontaneity = World-Soul

Full funding for participation in this workshop is provided by the British Academy. It includes day refreshments, three-night’s accommodation, an evening meal and all travel expenses within the UK. Participants will be asked to give a short presentation on the material under discussion to begin the sessions and also to contribute to the project website, []

A full programme and further details about the project are available here. The workshop is open to current postgraduates and early-career researchers with interests in philosophy of nature in any of its historical or contemporary inflections. To apply, please send a statement of 200 words to daniel.whistler[at] by 10th April 2016 outlining how this workshop will benefit your research. Applicants will informed of the decision by late April; readings for the workshop will also be distributed then.

There will a further workshop in late 2016/early 2017 at the University of the West of England on Schelling’s later philosophy of nature and Oken’s Elements of Physiophilosophy. A separate call for participation will go out for this workshop in Autumn 2016; however, attendees from the first workshop will be given priority.


Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)

Iain Grant (University of the West of England)

Daniel Whistler
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool / Humboldt Research Fellow, WWU Münster
Mulberry Court, Liverpool. L69 7ZY.
0151 794 2769

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