Berlin: Schelling and Art as Serious Play

We have been wading through Isaiah Berlin’s essay “The Romantic Revolution” here, going step by step from the origins (in Kant and Rousseau) through Fichte. Fichte elevated freedom to an ultimate value, which placed the artist, as the person who sees and creates at the center.

This is elaborated further by other German philosophers like Schelling. Schelling viewed art as a sort of game — the type of game that children play. Children become the identity that they play without regard to the constraints of the physical world. So to the artist –celebrating manifestations of the great seething caldron that lies within.  A great example — mythology — not self-delusional beliefs but living manifestations of who we want to connect with.

We are getting closer, step by step, to the idea of the great man who unleashes great forces within.


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