Introduction to Schelling’s ‘On the World Soul’


The first edition (1798) of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s On the World Soul. An Hypothesis of Higher Physics for Explaining Universal Organism was published by Perthes in Hamburg, as was the second, revised edition (1809) to which a new Foreword and Essay ‘On the Relation between the Real and the Ideal in Nature, or the Development of the Basic Propositions of the Philosophy of Nature from the Principles of Gravity and Light’ were added. The third edition (1809), also published by Perthes, slightly revised the second edition, but added no new material…