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

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: renewing the theoretical canon 1
1 Philosophical origins: Kant, Jacobi, and the crisis of reason 28
2 Shifting the ground: 'where philosophy ceases literature must begin' 53
3 The philosophy of critique and the critique of philosophy: Romantic literary theory 65
4 Interpretative reasons 90
5 The ethics of interpretation: Schleiermacher 104
6 Being true: Dilthey, Husserl and Heidegger (1) 138
7 The truth of art: Heidegger (2) 164
8 Understanding Walter Benjamin 193
9 The culture of truth: Adorno 238
Conclusion 281
Notes 301
Bibliography 335
Index 342
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