Friedrich Schelling

1775 (Leonberg, Germany) – 1854 (Bad Rogatz, Switzerland)

Hegel and Hölderlin were close and influential friends as seminary students — he had known Hölderlin from school; helping Hegel find jobs, he eventually grew bitter at his success. Fichte recommended Schelling (his disciple) for his post in Jena; Goethe commanded it. In Jena, he met Novalis, enjoyed warm relations with Goethe, was particularly close to August Schlegel (eventually marrying his wife), but failed to appreciate Schiller. Schelling succeeded Fichte, dismissed for his atheism; he proceeded to fall out with both Fichte and Hegel, engaging in catty criticism with Hegel until his death. Müller studied with him in Berlin.