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Identity Philosophy book
At times Schelling does come close to Hegel in the identity philosophy, but he also presents the beginnings of arguments that re-emerge in the later critiques of Hegel and form the basis of his significance for subsequent philosophy. Before attempting to delineate some of the still viable aspects of the identity philosophy, the authors need to look briefly at how Schelling completes the move away from Fichte. The reasons for Schelling’s harsh judgement have exemplary significance for the history of modernity. The significance of the move away from Fichte for the development of the identity philosophy becomes very clear in the Propaedeutic of Philosophy of 1804. The System of the Whole of Philosophy and of Naturphilosophie in Particular of 1804, the ‘Wurzburg System’, is the culmination of the identity philosophy. Identity philosophy claims it is able to understand human freedom as compatible with an Absolute which transcends the finite human will.