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The Romantic Experiment As Fragment

  • Robert Michael Brain
Part of the Boston Studies In The Philosophy Of Science book series (BSPS, volume 241)

Historians of science often refer loosely to Naturphilosophie as “romantic”. Strictly speaking, however, there was a certain intellectual gap between the systematic philosophical thinkers and their romantic counterparts whose work they so deeply conditioned and shaped. Even in cozy Jena the philosophers stood at a certain intellectual and social distance from the romantic circles of the Schlegels, Novalis, Tieck, and others: Schelling did not write for the Athenäum, nor did Fichte and Hegel. Nor did the philosophers write much of significance in the literary genres usually thought to be most characteristic of romanticism: the novel, poem, and fragment. Nevertheless, philosophy—the different idealistic philosophies of Kant, Fichte, and Schelling—served as a condition for the possibility of early romanticism. But the romantics parted company with Schelling’s philosophical idealism in their conviction that a purely theoretical completion of the System is impossible, that its infinite progressive process is asymptotic to its infinitely distant goal.

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Crucial Experiment Romantic Experiment Speculative Philosophy Active Empiricism Romantic Author 
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