Clara, or, On nature's connection to the spirit world by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Visit Amazon's Fiona

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Half novella, half philosophy, Clara was once Schelling's preferred paintings in the course of his lifetime, and looks right here in English for the 1st time.

This is the 1st English translation of Schelling's novel, probably written after the loss of life of his first spouse, Caroline, the previous spouse of August Wilhelm Schlegel. even though just a fragment, Clara is still certain. half novella, half philosophical tome, its important subject matter is the relationship among this global and the subsequent. Schelling masterfully weaves jointly his wisdom of animal magnetism, literary innovations, and his doctrine of the potencies to make his philosophy obtainable to all.

Steinkamp addresses the most concerns in regards to the relationship of the work—many commentators have deemed Clara to be a caricature for Schelling's The a long time of the realm or an summary for the 3rd, lacking publication of that work—and offers a brief biography of Schelling with specific emphasis on occasions claimed to play a job within the perception of Clara, resembling the deaths of either Caroline and her daughter, Auguste. She additionally exhibits how passages in Clara are strikingly just like the content material of Schelling’s touching letters mourning Caroline, written to Pauline, the daughter of Caroline’s ally and the lady who could turn into his moment spouse. Clara, strongly prompted via the Romantic stream, is an early representation of Schelling's try and unite his optimistic and unfavorable philosophy

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3 4 SCHELLING coarse a concept as that of knowledge were still tolerated within the subjective. Knowledge itself was still too solid; spiritualization would be perfect only when, instead, a tender, f leeting spoor of a feeling or hunch alone remains; that is, when the subjective is subjectified again. Since then one part y occupied itself with offering a surrogate of the spirit (of knowledge) rather than the true spirit; the surrogate supposedly being somehow more spiritual than the spirit itself.

It was only at this point that K. F. A. Schelling added “Clara” to the title. The work has been referred to as Clara ever since. Six single editions of Clara have appeared in German, each version differing with each new editor. The Clara edition presented here follows the original version in the collected works (the separate edition brought out in 1862 omitted the introduction) and the numbers in square brackets in the translation generally refer to the page location in the Sämmtliche Werke. The only exception is the spring fragment and the sketch at the end.

Indeed, Schelling wrote after Caroline’s death that part of her spirit had already been on the other side for a long time, and this is precisely what Clara expresses in the text. ” I find this a bit far-fetched. Another possible reason might stem from the fact that Schelling avidly read all of Caroline’s former correspondence after she died, asking various people if xxxiv STEINKAMP they could loan him any letters they had from her. If he also re-read the letters that she wrote to him shortly after Auguste’s death, he may have been struck by the one in which Caroline wrote, “The blue coat wrapped you like Count Egmont.

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