Essay German Romanticism Romanticism

In the last two decades, philosophers have become increasingly aware of the fact that, in spite of significant differences between the contemporary and romantic contexts, romanticism continues to “persist,” and the questions that the romantics raised remain relevant today. The Relevance of Romanticism: Essays on Early German Romantic Philosophy is the first collection of essays that directly considers the reasons why philosophers have recently become deeply interested in romantic thought. Through historical and systematic reconstructions, the volume offers greater understanding of romanticism ... More

In the last two decades, philosophers have become increasingly aware of the fact that, in spite of significant differences between the contemporary and romantic contexts, romanticism continues to “persist,” and the questions that the romantics raised remain relevant today. The Relevance of Romanticism: Essays on Early German Romantic Philosophy is the first collection of essays that directly considers the reasons why philosophers have recently become deeply interested in romantic thought. Through historical and systematic reconstructions, the volume offers greater understanding of romanticism as a philosophical movement and deeper insight into the role that romantic thought plays—or can play—in contemporary philosophical debates. Sixteen essays by both established and emerging scholars discussing key romantic themes and concerns highlight the diversity within both romantic thought and its contemporary reception. Part 1 consists of the first published encounter between Manfred Frank and Frederick Beiser, in which the two major scholars discuss their differing interpretations of philosophical romanticism. Part 2 draws significant connections between romantic conceptions of history, sociability, hermeneutics, and education and explores the ways in which these views can illuminate questions in contemporary social-political philosophy and theories of interpretation. Part 3 consists in some of the most innovative takes on romantic aesthetics, which seek to bring romantic thought into dialogue, with, for instance, contemporary analytic aesthetics and theories of cognition. Part 4 offers a rare rigorous engagement with romantic conceptions of science, and demonstrates ways in which the romantic view of nature, experimentation, and mathematics need not be relegated to historical curiosities.

Keywords: German romanticism, German idealism, Kant, philosophy of history, aesthetics, hermeneutics, history and philosophy of science, history of mathematics, Bildung, environmental philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014Print ISBN-13: 9780199976201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976201.001.0001
Book Description:

Arising out of a Europe shaken by revolutionary developments in politics, science, and philosophy, early German Romanticism attempted to usher in a new, higher stage of Enlightenment: its "progressive Universalpoesie" aimed for a synthesis of seemingly disparate cultural spheres. By the second decade of the nineteenth century, however, it had become clear that German Romanticism itself bore witness to the seismic/psychic shocks striking a civilization on the fracture line between tradition and modernity. This volume of sharply focused essays by an international team of scholars deals not only with the most significant literary, philosophical, and cultural aspects of German Romanticism -- one of the most influential, albeit highly controversial movements in the history of German literature -- but also with the history and status of scholarship on the literature of the period. The introduction and first section establish an overall framework by placing German Romanticism within a European context that includes its English counterpart. Goethe and Schiller are considered, as are the Jena Romantics. The second section is organized according to the traditional distinctions between epic, dramatic, and lyric modes of writing, while realizing that particularly in the Romantic novel, there was an attempt to blend these three. A final group of essays focuses on German literary Romanticism's relation to other aspects of German culture: folklore studies, politics, psychology, natural science, gender presentation and representation, music, and visual art. Contributors: Gerhard Schulz, Arnd Bohm, Richard Littlejohns, Gerhart Hoffmeister, Ulrich Scheck, Claudia Stockinger, Bernadette Malinowski, Fabian Lampart, Klaus Peter, Gabriele Rommel, Martha B. Helfer, Kristina Muxfeldt, Beate Allert, Paul Bishop and R. H. Stephenson, Nicholas Saul Dennis F. Mahoney is Professor of German and Director of the European Studies Program at the University of Vermont.

eISBN: 978-1-57113-624-4

Subjects: Language & Literature

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