Friedrich Schiller’s adualistic conception of unity

Dries, Manuel (2006). Friedrich Schiller’s adualistic conception of unity. Publications of the English Goethe Society, 75(1) pp. 53–58.



This paper considers three general dilemmas that tend to undermine successful configurations of unity: the either/or dilemma, the synthesis dilemma and the relativism dilemma. It argues that, in his aesthetic writings, Schiller’s critique of Kantian dualisms leads him to an adualistic conception of unity that operates with a different, more inclusive approach to opposition and unification. In order to clarify Schiller’s innovative and often misunderstood position, the paper draws on the disjunctive logic recently developed by Friedrich Kümmel.

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