Brill’s Companion to German Romantic Philosophy

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Early German Romanticism has long been acknowledged as a major literary movement, but only recently have scholars appreciated its philosophical significance as well. This collection of original essays showcases not only the philosophical achievements of early German Romantic writers such as Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis, but also the sophistication, contemporary relevance, and wide-ranging influence of their philosophical contributions. This volume will be of interest both to students looking for an introduction to romanticism as well as to scholars seeking to discover new facets of the movement – a romantic perspective on topics ranging from mathematics to mythology, from nature to literature and language. This volume bears testimony to the enduring and persistent modernity of early German Romantic philosophy.

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Elizabeth Millán Brusslan is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She works on aesthetics, German Idealism/Romanticism and Latin American Philosophy. In 2004-5, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for a project on Humboldt’s view of nature and she has published several articles on that topic. Other publications include: Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy (SUNY, 2007) with Bärbel Frischmann, Das neue Licht der Frühromantik/The New Light of German Romanticism (Schöningh Verlag, 2008), and several articles on the relation between German Idealism and Romanticism.
Judith Norman is Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has written on Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as well as early German Romanticism – most recently “The Question of Romantic Desire” in Sally Sedgwick and Dina Emundts eds., Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus, vol. 13 (2018). She has translated Nietzsche for Cambridge University Press, including Beyond Good and Evil, Twilight of the Idols, and Ecce Homo. Together with Alistair Welchman, she has also translated both volumes of Schopenhauer’s World as Will and Representation.
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors

Introduction

1 The Copernican Turn in Early German Romanticism
Jane Kneller

2 Romantic Views of Language
Howard Pollack-Milgate

3 Religion and Early German Romanticism: The Finite and the Infinite
John H. Smith

4 The Romantic Poetry of Nature: An Antidote to German Idealism’s Eclipsing of Natural Beauty
Elizabeth Millán Brusslan

5 The Philosophy of Myth
Erwin Cook

6 Romantic Bildung and the Persistence of Teleology
Thomas Pfau

7 The Philosophical Relevance of Romantic Irony
Bärbel Frischmann

8 Literary Criticism in the Age of Critical Philosophy
Judith Norman

9 Fichte and the Early German Romantics
Susan-Judith Hoffmann

10 Hegel’s Critique of Romantic Irony
Jeffrey Reid

11 Hölderlin’s Path: On Sustaining Romanticism from Kant to Nietzsche
Karl Ameriks

12 Homesickness, Interdisciplinarity, and the Absolute: Heidegger’s Relation to Schlegel and Novalis
Ian Alexander Moore
This volume will be of interest both to students looking for an introduction to romanticism as well as to scholars seeking to discover new facets of the movement – a romantic perspective on topics ranging from mathematics to mythology, from nature to literature and language.