• He always refers to identity, subject, & object.
• He establishes art (tragedy) as the highest point of his philosophy
• He emphasizes Oedipus and his Fate (the object he is struggling against)
• His struggle to escape his fate to achieve his freedom
• The subjectivity of Freedom and The Objectivity of Fate is ultimately the same for
• There is a fundamental conflict between freedom and fate.
• Oedipus does not want to murder his father and marry his mother.
• Freedom and Necessity are ultimately proven to be identical
• Schelling argues that tragedy is a sublime form of art; he thinks the subject recognizes
their superiority over nature in his or her own way.
• When Oedipus finally recognizes his guilt, he voluntary accepts punishment
• Oedipus mentions early on in the play that the man who murdered Leos will be exiled
from the country. He ends up blinding himself and being exiled.
• He voluntary accepts his punishment; this is how this is tragic.
• Ultimate freedom and ultimate necessity are identical
Subject --- Object
Subjective Exercise of freedom --- Objective power of Fate
Freedom --- Necessity
• The Collision Hegel focuses on is two sets of laws
• At the end of Oedipus the king, he had 2 sons and 2 daughters with his mom, he exiles
• His first son rules as king, but then his next son comes a year later and asks for
kingship. • Second son organizes armies and attacks the city of the thieves
• In this conflict, the attackers are unsuccessful
• The two brothers kill each other.
• Antigone takes place after the death of the two brothers, Kreon takes over as king
• Kreon places a law that anyone who buries P will be put to death
• Antigone appears to a different law, the sister of P, thinks it’s her duty as her sister to
bury her brother.
• She believes the divine law is more important than human law
Antigone --- Creon
Law of the Family --- Law of the State
Law of the Netherworld --- Law of the upper-world
Divine Law --- Human