Field behind stable
The secret of creation is to seize sharply the opposition between the particular and the universal. In the same indivisible act, simultaneously grasp the former in the latter and the latter in the former.
“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.” – Alice Walker
Fathoming the depths
By being embodied in concrete forms, primordial knowledge, flowing from a single center, shapes the whole of cognition. Meanwhile, the pure universal must appear to the understanding as essence without form. Nevertheless, essence without form is also actuality with form.
“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” – Roland Barthes
Methods of explanation
The impulse and the desire to investigate the essence of things is deeply implanted in humans. The creative faculty, like intellectual intuition, can also be developed, enhanced, and its resources multiplied ad infinitum.
“Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art.” – Anselm Kiefer
Walls of significance
Moving in close isolates intimate details of the American Duchess, a river paddlewheeler based in Baton Rouge.
“The shadow escapes from the body like an animal we had been sheltering.” – Gilles Deleuze
Magnetized by myth
Becoming aware of environmental potential is an endless process. Things presented sometimes are surprising in the moment, other times much later.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
Beauty is a productive conduit to truth when exercising the mental faculty of acquiring knowledge, by either direct observation or by understanding. The true, the good, and the beautiful are by nature eternal, in the midst of time yet independent of time. In actuality, for Schelling the philosopher must possess just as much aesthetic power as the poet.
“Nature meets us everywhere, at first with reserve, and in form more or less severe. She is like that quiet and serious beauty, that excites not attention by noisy advertisement, nor attracts the vulgar gaze.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Something cannot come from nothing, indicting that an aspect of being must exist in a permanent absolute form. Logically, something that is permanent cannot transform into something else without its subsequent termination. Therefore, the shifting duality that arises within the absolute itself is a self-distinction of the indivisible absoluteness into subject and object.
“All things now being marked with the names of light and of darkness, Yea, set apart by the various powers of the one or the other, Surely the All is at once full of light and invisible darkness, Both being equal, and naught being common to one with the other.” – Parmenides
Principle of spontaneity
Tends to infinity
Schelling’s philosophy of nature builds a process stack in which individual items initially seem independent and unrelated, but which in truth function within a relative totality. His thought stands in opposition to the Newtonian picture of matter as constituted by inert, impenetrable particles.
“Insofar as we regard the totality of objects not merely as a product, but at the same time necessarily as productive, it becomes Nature for us, and this identity of the product and the productivity, and this alone, is implied by the idea of Nature, even in the ordinary use of language.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Schelling explores succession in a way analogous to Bergson’s duration. The question is not whether and how the assemblage of phenomena and the series of causes and effects, which we call the course of nature, has become actual outside us. The question rather relates to how succession becomes manifest for us.
“It is impossible to distinguish between the duration, however short it may be, that separates two instants and a memory that connects them, because duration is essentially a continuation of what no longer exists into what does exist.” – Henri Bergson
Domain of the real
For Schelling, primordial knowledge itself is equivalent to intellectual intuition. Such knowledge is identical with its object, as the subject becomes aware of itself. Pure space and time are not perceived in the ordinary consciousness, but are rather grasped through intellectual intuition in the unconsciousness.
“We do not act because we know, but we know because we are destined for action; practical reason is the root of all reason.” – Johann Gottlieb Fichte