From Romanticism to Critical Theory: The Philosophy of German Literary Theory / Edition 1

From Romanticism to Critical Theory: The Philosophy of German Literary Theory / Edition 1

by Andrew Bowie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415127637

ISBN-13: 9780415127639

Pub. Date: 12/16/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From Romanticism to Critical Theory explores the philosophical origins of literary theory via the tradition of German philosophy that began with the Romantic reaction to Kant. It traces the continuation of the Romantic tradition of Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel and Schleiermacher, in Heidegger's approaches to art and thruth, and in the Critical Theory of

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From Romanticism to Critical Theory explores the philosophical origins of literary theory via the tradition of German philosophy that began with the Romantic reaction to Kant. It traces the continuation of the Romantic tradition of Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel and Schleiermacher, in Heidegger's approaches to art and thruth, and in the Critical Theory of Benjamin and Adorno.
Andrew Bowie argues, against many current assumptions, that the key aspect of literary theory is not the demonstration of how meaning can be deconstructed, but rather the relevation of how questions of language and literature change modern philosophical conceptions of thruth. He shows how the dialogue between literary theory, hermeneutics and analytical philosophy can profit from a re-examination of the understanding of language, thruth and literature in modern German philosophy.
From Romanticism to Critical Theory will provide a vital new introduction to central theoretical questions for students of philosophy, literature, German studies, cultural and social theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415127639
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/16/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: renewing the theoretical canon1
1Philosophical origins: Kant, Jacobi, and the crisis of reason28
2Shifting the ground: 'where philosophy ceases literature must begin'53
3The philosophy of critique and the critique of philosophy: Romantic literary theory65
4Interpretative reasons90
5The ethics of interpretation: Schleiermacher104
6Being true: Dilthey, Husserl and Heidegger (1)138
7The truth of art: Heidegger (2)164
8Understanding Walter Benjamin193
9The culture of truth: Adorno238
Conclusion281
Notes301
Bibliography335
Index342

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