Introduction: Romantic Hellenism, the Philosophy of Nature, and Subjective Anxiety

  • William S. Davis


Certain poetic and philosophic texts of the Romantic period respond to a subjectivism they perceive in the wake of Kant’s critiques. The philosophy of nature (Naturphilosophie), particularly as it appears in Friedrich Schelling’s work of the 1790s, along with the notion of an idealized Greece that acts as a site of aesthetic and ontological wholeness, unite in the production of metaphors and figures of oneness that resist this subjectivism and solipsism. Nature and Hellenism join forces in the face of subjective anxiety.


Responses to Kant Subjectivism Romantic Hellenism Philosophy of nature Connections between literature and philosophy Oneness 


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  • William S. Davis
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  1. 1.Program in Comparative LiteratureColorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA

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