The Romantic Idea of a University

England and Germany, 1770–1850

  • Michael J. Hofstetter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 59-85
  3. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 108-133
  4. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 134-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 138-162

About this book


By the late eighteenth century, universities in England and Germany had lost their sense of purpose. The romantics then presented them with a new one, a new Idea of a university. In Germany, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and others stressed that universities must teach more effectively; in England, Coleridge and Wordsworth attached to the German Idea a desire to keep the universities part of England's national church.


Coleridge Romanticism university

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Hofstetter
    • 1
  1. 1.Southwest State UniversityMarshallUSA

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