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Noller, J. (2020): HIGHER NECESSITY: SCHELLING'S VOLITIONAL COMPATIBILISM. In: Idealistic Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1: pp. 33-49

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The aim of this paper is to analyze Schelling's compatibilist account of freedom of the will particularly in his Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (1809). I shall argue that against Kant's transcendental compatibilism Schelling proposes a "volitional compatibilism," according to which the free will emerges out of nature and is not identical to practical reason as Kant claims. Finally, I will relate Schelling's volitional compatibilism to more recent accounts of free will in order to better understand what he means by his concept of a "higher necessity."

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