When seeing too concretely means not seeing at all

As early as March 1796, Schelling pointed out the fundamental mistake of a theology or philosophy that

«…takes refuge in a God outside everything that exists, a God the idea of whom is nothing but a composite of general abstractions»

«This idea (to which Christianity lent its countenance owing to and in contrast with the Christian habit of seeing things very concretely) got such a hold of men’s minds that they could no longer understand the ancient philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, nor the later ones, Descartes (who already had a few predecessors among the Scholastics), his pupil Spinoza, Malebranche, and still later the best interpreter of Spinoza, Jacobi, and finally Kant.»

– Schelling (1775-1854), letter to Obereit, 12 March 1796.


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