The Conspiracy of Life

Meditations on Schelling and His Time

By Jason M. Wirth

Subjects: Comparative Literature
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791457948, 300 pages, October 2003
Hardcover : 9780791457931, 300 pages, October 2003

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Table of contents


1. The Nameless God

2. Theos Kai Pan

3. Nature

4. Direct Experience

5. Art

6. Evil

7. The Haunting

8. Purusottama




Puts Schelling in conversation with twentieth-century continental philosophy.


The Conspiracy of Life offers a series of meditations on the philosophy of F. W. J. Schelling (1775–1854), a great—and greatly neglected—philosopher of life. Rather than construing him as a loopy mystic, or as an antiquated theologian, Jason M. Wirth attempts to locate Schelling as the belated contemporary of thinkers like Heidegger, Derrida, Bataille, Irigaray, Foucault, Deleuze, Levinas, and many others. As such, Schelling is already at the central nerve of current discussions concerning the crisis of truth; the primacy of the Good; the ecstatic nature of time; the nature of art; deep ecology; the world as an aesthetic phenomenon; comparative philosophy; the possibility of non-dialectical philosophy; radical evil; the haunting of philosophy; and the possibility of a philosophical religion.

Jason M. Wirth is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Communications, and Fine Arts at Oglethorpe University. He previously translated and wrote the introduction to Schelling's The Ages of the World for SUNY Press.