The Persistence of Romanticism: Essays in Philosophy and Literature

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"Has Romanticism been superseded by realism, modernism, and postmodernism, all of which are often taken to acknowledge reality more fully than Romanticism? What is it that Romantic thinkers and writers do? Why does what they do matter? Is Romanticism a think of the past?" "These challenging essays defend Romanticism against its critics. They argue that Romantic thought, interpreted as the ongoing pursuit of freedom in concrete contexts, crossed by frustration and marked by desire, remains a central and exemplary form of both artistic work and philosophical understanding. Marshaling a wide range of texts from literature, philosophy, and criticism, Richard Eldridge traces the central themes and stylistic features of Romantic thinking in the work of Kant, Holderlin, Wordsworth, Hardy, Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Updike. Through his analysis he shows that Romanticism is neither emptily literary and escapist nor dogmatically optimistic and sentimental." "This philosophical defense of the ideals and practice of Romanticism will appeal particularly to all professionals and students in philosophy, literature, and aesthetics who are interested in expressivist thinking about value and freedom, as it is developed in both literary and philosophical texts."--BOOK JACKET.
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"What is impressive about Eldrige's work is that he is able to keep an eye on the important literary legacy of Romanticism without failing to provide sharp analysis of the central philosophical commitments that shaped early German Romantic philosophy, for example, anti-foundationalism and mediality." Philosophy Today, Elizabeth MilliÂn-Zaibert
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521800464
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2001
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Persistence of Romanticism 1
Pt. I Kant and Post-Kantian Romanticism
2 Kant, Holderlin, and the Experience of Longing 31
3 Modernity and Expression: Kant on the value of Absolute Music 52
4 How Is the Kantian Moral Criticism of Literature Possible? 71
5 Holderlin's Ethical Thinking: "The Processes of the Actual" in "Heidelberg" 85
6 Internal Transcendentalism: Wordsworth and "A New Condition of Philosophy" 102
Pt. II Twentieth-Century Philosophical Romanticisms: Wittgenstein, Cavell, and the Arts
7 Hypotheses, Criterial Claims and Perspicuous Representations: Wittgenstein's "Remarks on Frazer's The Golden Bough" 127
8 How Can Tragedy Matter for Us? 145
9 Althusser and Ideological Criticism of the Arts 165
10 "A Continuing Task": Cavell and the Truth of Skepticism 189
11 Plights of Embodied Soul: Dramas of Sin and Salvation in Augustine and Updike 205
12 Cavell and Holderlin on Human Immigrancy 229
Index 247
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