Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion

The Reconciliation of German Idealism and Platonic Realism

Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion

Early German Romanticism sought to respond to a comprehensive sense of spiritual crisis that characterised the late eighteenth century. Les mer
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Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion

Early German Romanticism sought to respond to a comprehensive sense of spiritual crisis that characterised the late eighteenth century. The study demonstrates how the Romantics sought to bring together the new post-Kantian idealist philosophy with the inheritance of the realist Platonic-Christian tradition. With idealism they continued to champion the individual, while from Platonism they took the notion that all reality, including the self, participated in absolute being. This insight was expressed, not in the language of theology or philosophy, but through aesthetics, which recognised the potentiality of all creation, including artistic creation, to disclose the divine. In explicating the religious vision of Romanticism, this study offers a new historical appreciation of the movement, and furthermore demonstrates its importance for our understanding of religion today.

Part I. Romantic Religion: Transcendence for an Age of Immanence: 1. The romantic vocation; 2. Realism, idealism and the transcendentals; 3. Re-contextualising romanticism: the problem of subjectivity; 4. Re-contextualising romanticism: the question of Religion; Part II. Give Me a Place to Stand: The Absolute at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century: 5. The immanent absolute: Spinoza and Fichte; 6. Jacobi and the transcendence of the absolute; 7. Herder and the immanent presence of the transcendent absolute; 8. Moritz and the aesthetics of the absolute; Part III. Romantic Religion: The Transcendent Absolute: 9. Platonism and the transcendent absolute; 10. Schlegel: the poetic search for an unknown God; 11. Holderlin: becoming and dissolution in the absolute; 12. Novalis: the desire to be at home in the world; Part IV. Our Romantic Future.

Examines how early German Romanticism combined post-Kantian idealism and Platonic-Christian realism to develop a new aesthetics of religion.

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