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Book Launch - Gilad Sharvit, Therapeutics and Salvation: Freud and Schelling on Freedom (Magnes Press, Jerusalem 2021)

Date: 
Mon, 07/06/202118:30-20:00
Location: 
Online ZOOM EVENT through> https://huji.zoom.us/j/3110022624 <> a cooperation with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History
Lecturer: 
Participants> Benjamin Pollock, Karen Feldman, Amir Engel, Gilad Sharvit

In his recent publication Therapeutics and Salvation: Freud and Schelling on Freedom Gilad Sharvit proposes a new conceptual perspective on the history of the philosophy of freedom. The book focuses on Sigmund Freud’s theory of freedom, and its fundamental, yet uncharted, connection with the groundbreaking philosophy of the unconscious of F.W.J Schelling. The analysis radically challenges conventional liberal and rationalistic conceptions of freedom in psychoanalysis. The main argument of the book is that Freud formulated his theory of human nature with Schelling’s basic philosophical architecture, in particular Schelling’s concept of freedom, but, at the same time, subverted Schelling’s search for a new theology in the end of his philosophical career. The detailed comparison of Freud’s work with the philosophy of Schelling backtracks a momentous shift from Schelling’s late theo-philosophy, at the endpoint of German Idealism, to the secular system of Freud, in which human reality ousted godly revelation and therapeutics replaced divine salvation. By delineating the move from Schelling’s God-subject relations to Freud’s human-subject relations, the book offers a new perspective on the historical evolution of German Idealism into modern secular thought.