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Romanticism, Hellenism, and the Philosophy of Nature

  • William S. Davis

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Introduction

This book investigates intersections between the philosophy of nature and Hellenism in British and German Romanticism, focusing primarily on five central literary/philosophical figures: Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich Hölderlin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. Near the end of the eighteenth century, poets and thinkers reinvented Greece as a site of aesthetic and ontological wholeness, a move that corresponded with a refiguring of nature as a dynamically interconnected web in which each part is linked to the living whole. This vision of a vibrant materiality that allows us to become “one with all that lives,” along with a Romantic version of Hellenism that wished to reassemble the broken fragments of an imaginary Greece as both site and symbol of this all-unity, functioned as a two-pronged response to subjective anxiety that arose in the wake of Kant and Fichte. The result is a form of resistance to an idealism that appeared to leave little room for a world of beauty, love, and nature beyond the self. 

Keywords

Hyperion Schelling Classicism Epipsychidion Byron Ancient greece

Authors and affiliations

  • William S. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Program in Comparative LiteratureColorado CollegeColorado Springs, COUSA

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  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91292-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91291-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91292-9
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