Andrew Bowie's book introduces F.W.J. Schelling to English readers, as a major European philosopher in his own right. He surveys Schelling's philosophical career, reconstructing his key arguments, particularly those against Hegel, and relating them to contemporary philosophical discussion. Bowie traces how central ideas and conceptual strategies, in the work of philosophers as diverse as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida and Davidson, relate closely to Schelling's often misunderstood philosophy. He also focuses on Schelling's work as an alternative to, and critique of, aspects of Hegel's thinking.