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By Manfred Frank

Explores the philosophical contributions and modern relevance of early German Romanticism.

Often portrayed as a flow of poets misplaced in swells of ardour, early German Romanticism has been commonly neglected through students in want of the nice system-builders of the post-Kantian interval, Schelling and Hegel. within the twelve lectures accumulated the following, Manfred Frank redresses this oversight, delivering an in-depth exploration of the philosophical contributions and modern relevance of early German Romanticism. Arguing that the early German Romantics initiated an unique circulate clear of idealism, Frank brings the best figures of the stream, Friedrich Schlegel and Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis), into live performance with modern philosophical advancements, and explores the function that Friedrich Hölderlin and different contributors of the Homburg Circle had upon the improvement of early German Romantic philosophy.

Manfred Frank is Professor of Philosophy at Eberhard Karls college in Tübingen, Germany. he's the writer of many books, together with the topic and the textual content: Essays in Literature and Philosophy.

Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul collage. She is the coeditor (with Jorge J. E. Gracia) of Latin American Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century: The Human situation, Values, and the quest for identification and translator of The background of Philosophy in Colonial Mexico by means of Mauricio Beuchot.

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The concept of genus, species, and individual has only regulative, classifying use—no reality in itself, for otherwise it would have to be infinite. ). ; passim), then that of ‘representation’ (l. ), and finally that of the ‘I’ or the ‘subject’ (Nr. ). 27 The concept of the ‘(absolute) cause’ (meant in the same sense as in Reinhold’s Attempt at a New Theory of the Human Faculty of Representation)28 finds no favor with Novalis. Projected into the infinite, the concept ‘cause’ would again be “only a regulative concept, an idea of reason—it would thus be Lecture 2: On the Historical Origins of Novalis’ Critique of Fichte 45 foolish to attribute real efficacy to it.

We have, in particular, little knowledge of how much Hölderlin knew of Friedrich Schlegel, who was the most productive, theoretical author and 28 The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism especially the best-known classicist of the group. On the other hand, we do know that Hölderlin was familiar with Schleiermacher’s lectures of 1799, On Religion: Speeches Addressed to Its Cultured Despisers. 5 But such relations between the two circles are incidental. It is in no way necessary to refer to them in order to demonstrate the unity in structure of thought between the Jena Circle and the Homburg Circle.

15 The a priori specification cannot be constructed out of the genus-concept. — a passage to which Schmid himself refers in Empirische Psychologie: I, sect. X, 161). Unlike mathematics, philosophy works with concepts that are not made, but rather with concepts that are given. Unlike mathematical constructions, what is contained under concepts cannot be developed out of concepts. ). A standard objection of the Leibnizians to Reinhold16 (which was taken up by August Wilhelm Rehberg and can also be found in Erhard17) was that Kant had neglected this distinction.

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